Sasha Waters Freyer (above left), teacher and filmmaker, delivered an excellent lunchtime lecture on film and following ones artistic instincts. The medium of film is uncharted territory for me, so all the information she gave was new and enticing. It was interesting to learn about her process and how it differs from film to film. Her experimental pieces are more personal and spontaneous. We had the opportunity to watch one of her videos and I was intrigued although slightly confused, but I am fairly certain that this was her intention. She provokes us to take a deeper look into everyday things by compiling and layering her own work with archived footage. Her long term films are documentaries and she has recently completed one on Garry Winogrand (above right). These documentaries require extensive organization, funds, and support. She is thorough and spends around five years for each project and I have a newfound appreciation for all those able to produce such films.
Though film is not my media of focus, much of the advice she gave relates to all art. She intertwines long term endeavors with short films similarly to our class’ projects and play pages. She also integrates her knowledge of photography, the field in which she received her degree, into her film teaching and creation. It assures me to know that no matter what path I choose to follow, what I learn can funnel into my work later in life and assist me to become a more well rounded person.
In my search to understand more about experimental film, I found this helpful resource explaining terminology and genres within the category of experimental film.
Here is a website which has compiled a collection of avant garde short films. Feel free to sift through the list and find something that speaks to you. The meaning of this art seems highly dependent on the viewer and what is effective is very subjective. I am personally out of my comfort zone as I dive into the sources and while I did find some interesting pieces it is up to you to decide what holds meaning for you.
I am a Maggie Walker art student in Richmond, Virginia. This blog section is a little window into my art process, research, and experiences. You can follow along with my journey as you scroll.