In 1999, filmmaker Jay Rosenstein began saving his mother's messages left on his answering machine.
But he didn't know why. Then after listening back to them, he discovered the reason: a narrative began to
appear that chronicled her changes over time, a narrative that eventually became the film ERASED.
ERASED made its international debut at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
ERASED is a documentary short that takes a moving look at an age old problem: memory loss. The film combines old home movie footage with recent answering machine messages to create a powerful and poetic look at the aging process on the filmmaker's mother. The soundtrack, the traditional Jewish prayer/song "Shalom Aleichem", was performed by internationally renown mandolinist and three-time Grammy award nominee David Grisman.