@ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Jennifer Reeves: Light Work
Program 2: Argument for the Immediate Sensuous
Presented in association with the MadCat Women’s International Film Festival.
Light Work’s second installment features Jennifer Reeves presenting a diverse selection of her short film and video works. We Are Going Home, shot and hand-processed at Philip Hoffman’s legendary Independent Imaging Retreat, is equal parts northern landscape film and somnambulist psychodrama. Light Work I, the hyper-focus clarity of hi-definition video collides with the translucent viscosity of hand-painted emulsion. Chronic tells the tale of a dysfunctional Ohio teenager headed for disaster; as an exploration of sanity and survival, Chronic is precursor of sorts to Reeves’ later The Time We Killed. Finally, daring to face down the anxiety of influence, this program will include Stan Brakhage’s Stately Mansions Did Decree back to back with Reeves’ scrappy 2001 homage/rebuttal Fear of Blushing, a hand-painted film of irrepressible colors and corroded emulsion and The Girl’s Nervy. (Steve Polta)