‘Holding on to Nothing’ is a Noir short film set in the 1950’s. It tells the story of Rita an ex-dancer, who drowns her sorrows with a drink in her old club where she used to perform. Her lover, JD disappeared on the night he was supposed to propose to her. Rita had been ready to give herself away to him but now he was gone and had left her with nothing. Remembering her life with him she felt distraught and angry.
Rita decides to enlist the help of Detective Dick Chambers to help her find JD. She visits his office and flirtatiously leans against his office door frame and chair to seduce him into helping her. The Detective agrees to help, mainly due to her looks but also out of pity and the determination to find a missing man. He asks Rita some simple questions only to discover she doesn’t really know the man she was about to marry.