Immodest Objects & Fetish Subjects

with filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer
Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 7:00pm
Sasha Waters Freyer, an amateur dressmaker and poll worker for Johnson County, Iowa, is an award-winning filmmaker whose documentary and experimental films have screened widely in the U.S. and abroad. She presents and discusses two short experimental films and an acclaimed hour-long documentary. Waters Freyer's work has been featured on the PBS series Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, the Tribeca, Ann Arbor and Onion City Film Festivals, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. She has received fellowships from the NEA, NEH, the Graham Foundation, and the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. Since 2000, Waters Freyer has taught film and video in the Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. This Existence is Immaterial (2003, 16mm, 10 min) An experimental documentary collage that tacks between two true tales – one of an unlikely friendship between an elderly male writer and a young female filmmaker, the other of a poet who flies solo to Rome to incite an uprising against fascism in the 1930s. Her Heart is Washed in Water & Then Weighed (2006, 16mm, 13 min) Ripe red tomatoes. A clinical examination of brain tissue. Pudgy baby feet swinging high above the ground. What do these images have in common? They can all be seen in Her Heart is Washed in Water & Then Weighed, a meditation on monuments and mortality that takes its title from a procedure in the autopsying of a human corpse. Whipped (1998, 16mm, 60 min) A sly, intimate look inside the dungeons, beach homes and closets of three New York dominatrixes that explores the mundane realities of sex-work and their quest for female empowerment. "WHIPPED provides insight into the dynamics of domination and submission, and ultimately the themes of fear and intimacy, identity and fantasy, and desire for love." --Sally Berger, Asst. Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art