Wednesday OCTOBER 14
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS
curated by SASHA WATER FREYER
at Anthology Film Archives
Filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer will join us
in person for discussion!
After an internet flaming episode in the film community, on FRAMWORKS List Serve, Sasha was invited to be AXW’s guest curator
TRY a LITTLE TENDERNESS
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS is a selection of old and new works in 16mm film and video about being vulnerable – exposed and unsafe. Susceptible, yet ready. The program is a personal and collective response to the ontology of artistic canons in and of themselves. It presents a selection of works that cross and expose the boundaries by including Net Art, music video, performance-documentation and video art alongside more traditional approaches to experimental cinema. These nine works address, in very different ways and formats, acts of being naked to the world – the human body in search of love, food, adventure or acceptance; the human challenge to “acceptable” conduct based on race and gender stereotypes. Try It – Try a Little Tenderness — Sasha Waters Freyer
Portland by Greta Snider
1996 | 12:00
Three friends, including the filmmaker, rendezvous in Portland by hitchhiking or train-hopping from different cities. After a week of arguments, soup kitchens, brushes with the law, and bad weather, each leaves with a different memory of the trip.
Our Summer Made Her Light Escape by Sasha Waters Freyer
2012 | 4:45
Portrait of interiority, maternal ambivalence and the passage of time. The beauty and quotidian cruelties of nature right outside your door.
Pearl Pistols by Kelly Gallagher
2014 | 3:00
A glitter bombed, pistol-whipping, animated, resurrection of a speech by the exuberant and powerful civil rights revolutionary Queen Mother Moore.
Song About the Futility of the Human Endeavor by Tova Mozard
2006 | 6:00
A woman performs and interprets a text from Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, about vulnerable people in society. The piece was produced when Swedish artist Tova Mozard was invited to do a workshop at a daycare center for disabled and homeless people, rape victims and addicts.
Alpha Girls by Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan
2014 | 3:30
Alpha Girls is an audio/video collaboration between Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan where tweeted lyrics form the basis of a song. Alma is based in Berlin and makes tunes on her gameboy. Jen Chan lives in Chicago. She eats emotionally.
To Prague with Love by Ira Eduardovna
2014 | 12:00
While a young child in Soviet Uzbekistan, artist Ira Eduardovna’s sister wrote letters to a girl from Prague. In 2013, while in the Czech Republic, Eduardovna placed an ad in a local newspaper attempting to locate her sister’s correspondent. The film weaves together tropes of documentary and Reality TV to highlight truths and fallacies of memory, history, and storytelling.
Untitled by Laurel Nakadate
2010 | 6:45
Porn actresses at a Los Angeles casting agency read poems written by the poet Dora Malech in order to audition for an acting role.
Tight Pants/Body Rolls by Leslie Hall
2010 | 3:00
A rad dance track about forest creatures who dance in tight clothing. Costuming inspired by Kill Bill and created by the artist’s mother.
Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part 2: The Crying Game by Roger Beebe
2014 | 21:00
It’s all right to cry. Sometimes it’s better than all right.