Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

below the neck, above the knees

Friday, April 13 at 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 PM

Shorts Block: Acts of Vulnerability
Desiree Dawn Kapler | Clinton, MS | 12 min
Genre: Experimental

Decaying interiors. Vivid glimpses of blue undersea life. This harrowing, confessional experimental short explores the various traumas enacted on its narrator as a child–among them, her mother’s instinct toward self-harm–through a breathtaking visual language all its own.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Desiree Dawn Kapler:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I was born in Miami, FL, but my family moved to Mississippi when I was 2 years old, where I grew up and currently live. Most of the footage was shot in the South.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

I was thinking a lot about traumas done to the body. I began exploring the parallels between my mother’s childhood trauma (an act of violation) and my own (a violation that was meant to heal). I used my own personal stories to think about the overall cycle of generational trauma and reflecting on the lessons taught by the women before me, creating a space for a more universal discussion. I read Alice Walker’s essay, “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens”, and I felt ready to make a personal piece in which the story focused on my own relationship with my mother and her creative self, and how it shaped everything that I know.

3. How did you start making films?

Most of my earlier work is created through still images in the darkroom. I came to a point where moving image felt like the right step to take.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

I really hope to attend, because I can’t wait to see everyone else’s work! This is my first time screening at Indie Grits.

6. Why should someone see your film?

My work is particularly aimed towards women or anyone else who has ever felt less-than, overworked, underpaid, underachieved, overly emotional, afraid, uneducated, ugly, sick, a hypochondriac, tired, dismissed, unloved, criticized, dictated, and unable. I relate to you, and my story is your story.

Film Shorts

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
A Name That I Admire
All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps
All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
me and my army
My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Station 15
Steve’s Kinkoes
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us