New York-based filmmaker and media artist Jennifer Reeves (b. 1971, Sri Lanka) has made 20+ film-works, ranging from short experimental films to full-length expanded cinema performances and experimental narratives. Named one of the “Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50” in the film journal Cinema Scope, Reeves’ work has shown extensively from the Berlin, New York, London, Sundance, and Hong Kong Film Festivals to the Whitney Museum, Robert Flaherty Seminar, the Museum of Modern Art, and at microcinemas and music venues around the world.
Reeves writes, shoots, directs, and edits her films, investigating and elaborating themes of mental health, feminism and sexuality, the natural environment, and human rights issues. Reeves infuses her work with distinctive direct-on-film and optical printing techniques she has developed over her 30+ years of filmmaking. By constructing subjective, visceral, and personal cinematic experiences, Reeves invites viewers to immerse themselves in luscious, intricate, unfamiliar cinematic territory.
Reeves’ new Expanded Cinema triple-projector performance film THREE PROJECTIONS FOR GLORIA is at the ready for better touring conditions since the pandemic postponed its 2020 Premiere. Jennifer is currently editing her experimental documentary, supported by the Princess Grace Foundation, which highlights women freedom fighters, their battles, legacies, and their relevance today. At the center of CELIA, DID YOU KNOW? is Cuban revolutionary Célia Sanchez (1920-1980), but the story is an international one reaching outward to revolutionaries from countries with significant connections to both the themes in Celia’s life, and her homeland Cuba (Spain, the United States, Russia, South Africa, and Viet Nam.)
Reeves’ past works include her acclaimed experimental feature THE TIME WE KILLED, which earned her the FIPRESCI International Film Critics’ prize at the Berlinale, an Independent Spirit Awards nomination, OutFest Artistic Achievement award, and more. Her film performances, including collaborations with composer/performers Skúli Sverrisson (WHEN IT WAS BLUE) and Marc Ribot (SHADOWS CHOOSE THEIR HORRORS), have been performed at such venues as the Sidney Opera House, Toronto International Film Festival, the Wexner Center, REDCAT, Era New Horizons Film Festival in Poland and New York’s Le Poisson Rouge.