“We tell ourselves stories,” Joan Didion once wrote, “in order to live.” To rid ourselves of the memories that burden us. Or, at the very least, to come to terms with them, so we can proceed through life a little less encumbered than before. Shot through with melancholy, these fiercely intelligent, mordantly witty confessionals span a range of genres–from music videos to experimental animated shorts–but are united in their commitment to radical acts of disclosure.
Alexis Stratton | Englewood, CO | 6 min
In this deeply introspective video essay, Indie Grits alum Alexis Stratton plumbs the depths of their home movie archive, stitching together clips of snow days, band performances, prom nights, and other hallmarks of adolescence to ruminate on queer identity, the nature of memory, and lingering personal trauma.
Anna Kipervaser | Durham, NC | 10 min
Prayer-like in its contemplation of color and motion, this silent experimental documentary combines disparate images (an empty carousel, tall grasses bending in the wind, a lone jet inching across the sky) to reflect on the filmmaker’s abortion. Shot on radiant 16mm film.
Autumn Ehinger | Durham, NC | 4 min
Genre: Music Video
With lyrics to her hazy, hypnotic “Song of the Mogwai” spilling forth stop-motion style from a marbled composition notebook, musician-turned-filmmaker Autumn Ehinger (who performs under the moniker Moon Racer) invites viewers into a space of deep self-reflection.
Stefani Saintonge | Bronx, NY | 8 min
This graceful study of feminine labor–featuring narration drawn from Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel Tar Baby–juxtaposes near-microscopic close-ups of busy soldier ants with images of hardworking Haitian women, all speeding through their daily routines.
Lisa Danker | Orlando, FL | 8 min
Genre: Essay, Experimental
Indie Grits alum Lisa Danker assesses the human toll of America’s ongoing foreclosure crisis, linking two sister tales of loss (that of a 1930s-era Miami homeowner, and that of her mother in 2013) through archival imagery, family testimonies, celluloid printmaking experiments, and more.
Odile Postic | Richmond, VA | 3 min
Genre: Essay, Animation
After finding his own obituary taped to the door of his apartment, a frizzle-haired man with the body of a cello ditches work, hops on a plane, and mulls over his predicament. GEORGIE is the latest work from Indie Grits alum (and Columbia native) Odile Postic.
Talena Sanders | Sebastopol, CA | 31 min
Writer, filmmaker, provocateur–Mary MacLane, by her own admission, had “a hundred sides.” An openly queer woman who lived in Butte, Montana in the early twentieth century, MacLane’s fiery, fiercely individual films and written works supply the raw material for this expressive experimental portrait.