BROOD FILM FEST 2016 OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Sasha Waters Freyer (USA, Virginia)
You Can See the Sun in Late December (2010)
“A reflection on winter light and maternity. Feeling isolated at home with a small child and an infant, I assigned myself the task of filming, in 16mm and/or HD video, every single day of the month, during an icy cold December in Iowa.
You Can See the Sun in Late December is the third film in a series of experimental shorts about motherhood that use language (often as on-screen text), original and found/archival footage. These films explore the relationship between the real world and internal and external psychic representations of the real. I am interested in mining the tension between the subjective, lived experience of women and mothers – our interior lives of fantasy and projection – and reality as refracted through our media-dense world.
Becoming a mother made me understand literally what scholar Julia Lesage describes as ‘women’s fragmented consciousness’ – why are my keys in the freezer? I am too tired to be driving this car – and led me to understand how mothers, too, are Outsiders, outside of the sphere of representation in our culture. Mothers are Object and Other, only seen from a child’s point of view, or in the bulls-eye of commerce.”
Sasha Waters Freyer’s non-fiction films have been screened in festivals around the world. She is the Chair of the Department of Photography & Film at Virginia Commonwealth University, the number one public art school in the USA.