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
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.Buy Tickets 04/13 Buy Tickets 04/14
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
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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