Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

Nothing A Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix

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

Shorts Block: Acts of Vulnerability
Jennifer Proctor | Ypsilanti, MI | 9 min
Genre: Experimental

In this disturbing montage of scenes from dozens of different Hollywood films, Jennifer Proctor unveils a pattern of grotesque violence toward women characters in bathtubs–spaces of comfort and vulnerability where, almost inevitably, they are brutalized by men or other sinister figures.

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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!

Jennifer Proctor:

1. What is your connection to the South?

My co-sound-designer, Cecil Decker, is based in Columbia, SC, and given how crucial sound is to this piece, it was a delight to collaborate on the soundtrack with him. It was both a fantastic creative collaboration, and interesting north/south virtual collaboration, with a lot of our correspondence simply done by email. I also lived in Austin, Texas for 10 years and feel a deep connection to that part of the country – not quite the South, I know, but South-adjacent.

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

This piece is a work of found footage, containing images from popular films across several decades. The inspiration came in part from a longstanding interest in and interrogation of representations of gender in popular film, as well as representations of violence across media. I was scavenging for images in movies for a different project that never took off, but in doing so I noticed the repeated trope of women in bathtubs, and it struck me how together these images created a narrative of the limitations of representation of women in film, particularly in a domestic space. So I started piecing these images together to demonstrate in an argumentative form how those images work as a whole.

3. How did you start making films?

I was bored in the summer of 8th grade so my mom suggested I asked the neighbor if I could borrow his video camera, a beautiful old Beta that was already on its way to obsolescence. I made a bunch of dumb movies that summer, and really never stopped, though hopefully my movies have gotten a little smarter since then.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

This movie had no set! It was just me editing in the dark, all by myself, with an occasional cat offering some constructive criticism. But, in the course of doing research for finding all the clips of women in bathtubs that I could, I took to Reddit to do some crowdsourcing, and you can imagine the kinds of responses a query like that got. It’s some kind of funny.

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

It will be my first time, so I’m looking forward to all of it, but I’m also excited to hang with all my peeps in Columbia – it’s a great community of makers.

6. Why should someone see your film?

Although many audience members might be pretty aware of the problems with the representation of women in films, and especially violence against women, this film creates an argument that makes it difficult to deny just how pervasive the problem is. It’s intense and narratively power. And the sound is pretty good too.

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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