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TFMS Film Series – Sasha Waters Freyer's 'Chekhov for Children'
The Sixth Annual TFMS Film Series: Ethnography & Alterity
Monday evening screenings
October 15 & 22
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public
eth·nog·ra·phy eth-nog-ruh-fee, ɛθˈnɒgrəfi noun: a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures.
al·ter·i·ty ȯl-ˈter-ə-tē, -ˈte-rə- noun: otherness; specifically: the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation.
TFMS's Sixth Annual FILM SERIES (www.smcm.edu/tfms) focuses the work of ethnographic filmmakers whose subjects are as diverse as scrapyard residents eking out a living in the blighted neighborhood of Brooklyn's Willets Point, elementary school children performing "Uncle Vanya," and a homecoming to Ghana fraught with questions about storytelling and representation. The series continues over the next two Mondays with experimental and documentary filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer ("Chekhov for Children," 2010), October 15, and documentarian Kwame Braun ("passing girl; riverside-An Essay on Camera Work," 1998), October 22.
Sasha Waters Freyer
Monday, October 15
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema
"Chekhov for Children"
Sasha Waters Freyer is a filmmaker, mother, teacher, and amateur dressmaker. Her experimental and documentary films have featured dominatrixes, coal miners, artists, children, activists-inhabitants of the margins of our mediated landscapes-critical margins that are, in the words of Wendell Berry, "always freeholds of wildness."
Following its world premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival, her documentary "Chekhov for Children" had its New York premiere in the Independents Night series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in October 2010 and its international premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in February 2011.
Her videos and 16mm films have screened widely in the U.S. and abroad, including on the Sundance Channel, the Tribeca, Woodstock, Chicago Underground, and Ann Arbor Film Festivals, the National Museum for Women in Arts, the L.A. Film Forum, Kassel Documentary Festival, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. Her award-winning 2003 documentary, "Razing Appalachia," about a community fight against strip mining in Blair, West Virginia, was broadcast in the U.S. on the acclaimed PBS series "Independent Lens" and in more than 30 countries globally as a part of the ITVS series: "True Stories: Life in the U.S.A. "
Since 2000, Waters Freyer has taught film and video in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa, where she is the director of film and video production and an associate professor.
"Chekhov for Children" (2010) tells the story of an ambitious undertaking-the 1979 staging on Broadway of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" by New York City 5th and 6th graders (from P.S. 75), directed by the celebrated writer Phillip Lopate. Using never-before-screened student documentary videos and super 8mm films from the era, "Chekhov for Children" explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends (including the filmmaker) across 30 years.
The Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Sixth Annual TFMS Film Series: Lecture and Fine Arts and Arts Alliance of St. Mary's College of Maryland, the departments of English and anthropology, and the cross-disciplinary study areas in women, gender, and sexuality studies and African and African Diaspora studies.
UPCOMING, October 22 – Kwame Braun's "passing girl; riverside"