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Tin House Reels: Sasha Waters Freyer

This week we’re excited to screen Sasha Waters Freyer’s Our Summer Made Her Light Escape, a wordless, 16mm portrait of interiority, maternal ambivalence and the passage of time. Our Summer explores quotidian allurements and cruelties: a crippled bee, a mole in its death throes, a smashed robin’s egg.

Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Sasha Waters Freyer is a moving image artist creating “a cinema of opposition [through a] spirit of engagement with earlier, radical-romantic image making. My experimental and documentary films have featured dominatrixes, coal miners, artists, children, populist poets and rural activists – outsiders, in short; inhabitants of the critical margins of our world that are, in the words of Wendell Berry, ‘always freeholds of wildness.’”

Sasha Waters Freyer’s films have screened widely in the U.S. and abroad, including on PBS and the Sundance Channel, the Telluride, Tribeca and Rotterdam Film Festivals, L.A. Film Forum, the Gene Siskel Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and have been reviewed in Variety, ArtForum, The New Yorker and Mother Jones, among other publications.  She is the Chair of the Department of Photography & Film at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are building new bridges between visual art, music, and text. Our aim is to showcase work that focuses on the exciting relationship that can exist between literature and film.

We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your previously unpublished videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com.

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