Jennifer Reeves at Light Industry TOMORROW

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Mon May 19 2008 - 10:27:53 PDT

Light Industry

Films by Jennifer Reeves

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY

Presented by Jennifer Reeves

Elations in Negative, 16mm, 1990, 5 mins
A bloody adaptation of a William Carlos Williams poem. The film begins with
Williamıs question ³What are these elations I have at my own underwear?² and
Reeves answers with a not so elated, transgressive statement.

The Girlıs Nervy, 16mm, 1995, 5 mins
Exuberant rhythms are created for the eyes in this nostalgic study of the
single film frame, through cutting, pasting, and painting clear and
photographed film images. Fleeting shapes in lush, spattered color flicker
and dance to big band beats.

We Are Going Home, 16mm, 1998, 10 mins
Solarized, tinted, and optically-printed, this is a surreal portrait of
desire, ghosts and pursuit of the sensual. Rhythmic color shifts in the
emulsion bring life to the rural landscape, which seems to embody the
terrain of the subconscious. Three women seek pleasure and the beyond in
parallel universes, which never quite intersect. When one finds another, she
is either buried in the sand or asleep under a tree. Consciousness is always
We are Going Home is a 10-minute experimental film originally shot in June
97 at Philip Hoffmanıs film retreat in rural Ontario. The film was made in
the memory of Marian McMahon, an experimental Canadian filmmaker who died of
cancer in the fall of 1996.

Trains Are for Dreaming, Super-8/16mm, 2008, 8 mins (in progress)
8 super-8 years compressed into 8 eye-popping minutes. A dreamer moves
through landscapes to far seas‹over tracks, winding roads, through skies and
waters‹on a journey of flight and fancy. The animals are watching and the
chicks are chasing sunsets and dancing with sharks. Life goes on.

He Walked Away, 16mm double projection, 2003-2006, 17 mins
Performed at Rotterdam Film Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts Festival:
Kill Your Timid Notion, and Tonic, with composer Anthony Burr. Performed at
Toronto International Film Festival 2003 with musicians Erik Hoversten and
Dave Cerf. Also performed at Tonic in NYC and at the City Theater in
Reykjavik, Iceland with musicians Skuli Sverrisson and Hilmar Jensson. And
performed at UCSD with musicians Anthony Burr and Eliza Slavet. (Live film
and music performance, two 16mm projectors overlapping color and black and
white film images by Reeves.)

Cuba Diary: A Film, Super-8, 1996, 15 mins
Never shown publicly, a diary film with a guest appearance by Fidel Castro.

Followed by a post-show discussion between Reeves and Elisabeth Subrin.

Ticket Price - $6

About Jennifer Reeves

Jennifer Reeves (b. 1971, Sri Lanka) is a New York-based filmmaker. Her
films have shown extensively, from the Berlin, New York, Vancouver, London,
Sundance, and Seoul Film Festivals to many microcinemas in the US and
Canada, the Robert Flaherty Seminar, Princeton University, and the Museum of
Modern Art. In 2007 Reeves performed her double-projection films Light Work
Mood Disorder and He Walked Away (with music by Anthony Burr) at the
Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center, AFI Fest, Diapason Gallery in
New York, Kino Arsenal in Berlin, and the Contemporary Art Museum of
Strasbourg. Her HD short Light Work I screened at Sundance 2007, where
Reeves also participated on a panel, ³Art and Technology,² moderated by Ruby

Reeves has made films since 1990 (or since 1986 if you consider high-school
video-making). Reeves does her own writing, cinematography, editing, and
sound design. Her subjective and personal films push the boundaries of film
through optical-printing, film stock ³mis-use,² direct-on-film techniques
including hand-painting film frames. Reeves explores themes of memory,
mental health and recovery, feminism and sexuality, landscape, wildlife, and

Reevesı acclaimed 2004 feature The Time We Killed won the FIPRESCI Critics
prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Outstanding Artistic Achievement at
OUTFEST, and Best NY, NY Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival
(receiving an original painting by Christopher Walken) and it screened at
the 2006 Whitney Biennial. The Village Voice Film Criticıs poll (2005)
honored The Time We Killed with votes from six film critics for categories
including: Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Performance.

In 2003 Reeves expanded her work as a ³single strand filmmaker² by adding
multiple-projection film performance to her creative work. That year she
performed her double-projection He Walked Away at the Toronto Film Festival
and the City Theater in Reykjavik. In 2005, Reeves was commissioned to make
a film for the Bard Music Festival. The experimental-narrative film Shadows
Choose Their Horrors was shown with a performance by the American Symphony
Orchestra. Currently Reeves is in post-production on a new double-projection
film When It Was Blue. She worked on the project at her recent MacDowell
Colony residency.

Reeves teaches film courses part-time at Cooper Union, the Bard College MFA
Program, and Millennium Film Workshop.

About Light Industry

Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New
York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project will
begin as a series of weekly events in Sunset Park this spring and summer,
each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually,
Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative
art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and
other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings,
performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the
presentation of time-based media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.