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Arts and Performance

Special Screening of ‘Knives and Skin’ with Award-Winning Filmmaker Jennifer Reeder

November 7, 2019 at 5:30pm8:30pm EST

Light Work

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Where is Carolyn Harper? The coming of age thriller Knives and Skin (trailer) by award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Reeder, will be presented by Light Work’s Urban Video Project, Thursday, November 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. A post-screening conversation and Q&A with Reeder will be moderated by Anneka Herre, instructor of Transmedia Core in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University and director of Urban Video Project.  Light refreshments will be served before and after the program. The screening, artist talk and Q&A are FREE & OPEN to the public.

THE PLOT (THICKENS) — A missing girl shakes up a small town, join us to follow the investigation. Steeped in macabre humor and queer feminist attitude, Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin follows the investigation of a young girl’s disappearance in the rural Midwest, led by an inexperienced local sheriff.

Jennifer Reeder’s teen noir draws on a rich cultural DNA of genre classics, from the surreal horror of David Lynch to high school classics like John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and Mark Waters’ Mean Girls, giving them a decidedly feminist spin. Reeder also peppers the drama with female empowerment messages and subtle homages to feminist icons including Angela Davis, Yoko Ono and Chantal Akerman.

Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma, and coping. Her award-winning narratives borrow from a range of forms including after-school specials, amateur music videos, and magical realism. These films have shown around the world, including at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, SXSW, the Wexner Center, and in The Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of Rockefeller and Creative Capital grants. She currently teaches in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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This event was published on October 28, 2019.

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