Below the Skin: 3 Films by Jennifer Reeder
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Below the Skin: 3 Films by Jennifer Reeder

close up of a teenage girl with a blue sucker standing in the middle of a choir group.
Jennifer Reeder, A Million Miles Away, 2014. Image courtesy the filmmaker.

In her short films Blood Below the Skin (2015) and A Million Miles Away (2014), Jennifer Reeder centers the secretive lives of adolescent girls, often acting in packs to survive the traumas of teenage life. Filled with high school choir renditions of ’80s-era anthems made feminist by their all-female voices, Reeder’s films feature a diverse cast in her portraits of high school and middle America. Though still brimming with the uncertainty of adolescence, Reeder’s teen characters transform through supernatural experiences, coming-of-age awakenings, and lamentations. Also included in this program is 1000 Ways to Skin It (2011), which features a pair of teen black metal brides lip-synching in the woods to a mash-up of Nirvana and Destiny’s Child.

Students watch for free on Fridays!

This summer series is guest-curated with filmmaker Jennifer Reeder. In addition to the screenings of her films—Knives and Skin, A Million Miles Away, Blood Below the Skin, and Crystal Lake—, the program includes three formative teen features from the 1980s and ’90s: Kids, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Little Darlings.

Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma, and coping. Her innovative, award-winning narratives borrow from a range of forms, including after-school specials, amateur music videos, and magical realism. Reeder’s films have screened in festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Berlin, London, Tribeca, Rotterdam, SXSW, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennial.

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