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    Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Sasha Waters Freyer is a moving image artist who makes unsentimental films about the loss of innocence, real or imagined.  Trained  in... read on
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SASHA WATERS FREYER
Chair, Department of Photography & Film
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of the Arts
325 N. Harrison St. / PO Box 843088
Richmond, VA 23284
Tel. # 804.828.2162
Email: swfreyer@vcu.edu
Website: www.pieshake.com
www.bustgallery.com

EDUCATION:

MFA in Film & Media Arts, Temple University, 1999
BFA in Photography, School of Visual Arts, 1991

SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS:

• 10th Orphan Film Symposium's 2016 Helen Hill Award, honoring the legacy of the amazing artist, activist and educator Helen Hill
Our Summer Makes Her Light Escape earns Best in Show at the 2016 New Waves exhibition, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, awarded by juror and L.A. based art writer, Jan Tumlir.
• NEA Media Arts Grant in support of All Things are Photographable, May 2015
• All Things are Photographable selected for DocsBarcelona Pitch, May 2015
• The Waiting Time (2005) shortlisted for the MediaCity UK Birth Rites Bi-annual Award, 2015
• Artist Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, January 2015
• Juror at the D.C. Chinese Film Festival, Washington D.C., September 2014
• Burn Out the Day selected for the 52nd Ann Arbor Festival Touring Program, 2014-15
• Our Summer Made Her Light Escape awarded a Director’s Citation at the 32nd annual Black Maria Film Festival, 2013
• Our Summer Made Her Light Escape highlighted on Tin House Reels, September 2013
• Our Summer Made Her Light Escape receives a Top Ten mention in the Senses of Cinema 2013 World Poll
• Chekhov for Children listed in the IndieWIRE Annual Critics Survey as one of the Best Undistributed Films of 2010

• Chekhov for Children receives a Top Ten mention in the Senses of Cinema 2010 World Poll

RECENT/SELECTED JURIED FILM FESTIVALS & CURATED FILM EXHIBITIONS:

2016
Ann Arbor Film Festival, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
Athens Int’l Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH A Partial History...1965
Humboldt Int’l Film Festival, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
Onion City Film Festival, Chicago, IL, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi, India, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
The Experimental Art Gallery, ICH, New Delhi, A Partial History... 1965
New Waves 2016, Virginia Museum for Contemporary Art, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape

2015
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of Film & Video Art, Int’l Premiere, A Partial History…1965
Antimatter Media Arts, Victoria, BC, A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
Court St. Collective Cinema Seance #2, curated by Mark Street,
Anthology Film Archives, NYC, Garden of Stone and You Can See the Sun
Project Afterbirth Group Exhibition, White Moose Gallery, Devon, U.K., You Can See the Sun…
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, World Premiere
Leiden Int’l Short Film Experience, The Netherlands, Int’l Premiere Garden of Stone
Usurp Zone5 group show, Usurp Gallery, London, Garden of Stone and A Partial History…
Sensory Overload
group show, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI, Garden of Stone
La Vidéoshop, Paris, Burn Out the Day
A Displaced People
at Terrault Contemporary, Baltimore, Burn Out the Day
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, World Premiere, Citizen Ruby
DocuWest Int’l Film Festival,Denver Film Society,
The Pupil Cinema at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Burn Out the Day
Cinémathèque Québécoise, Burn Out the Day
FLEXFest, Florida Experimental Film Festival, Gainesville, FL, Burn Out the Day
$100 Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta, Burn Out the Day
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, …Natural World, 1965 (2-channel installation)
Chashama Harlem Art Space, New York, …Natural World, 1965 (installation)
Pleasure/Pain by GAZE @ ATA, San Francisco, An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979
Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia, SC, Garden of Stone

2014  
Havana Film Festival, Havana, Cuba, Burn Out the Day
Museum of the Moving Image, Burn Out the Day
Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, Burn Out the Day
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Burn Out the Day
Sight Unseen, Baltimore, Burn Out the Day
Ann Arbor Film Festival, World Premiere, Burn Out the Day
Magic Lantern Cinema, Providence, RI, Burn Out the Day
Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY, Burn Out the Day
WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of Film & Video Art, Int’l Premiere, Burn Out the Day
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, Burn Out the Day
Union Theatre, Milwaukee, Burn Out the Day
IndieGrits, Columbia, SC, Burn Out the Day
Chicago Underground Film Festival, US premiere, An Incomplete History ... 1979
IMAGES Festival, Toronto, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape
Experimental Film Festival Portland, OR, An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979
Tulsa Overground Film & Music Festival, OK An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979
Athens Int’l Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH, Burn Out the Day &
Athens Int’l Film + Video Festival, Athens, OH, An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979
Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Haverhill, MA, Burn Out the Day
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Burn Out the Day
The Picture Show, Brooklyn, NY, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape, Feb 27- June14
The Shed Space @ Barbés, Brooklyn, NY, International Women's Day, Our Summer …


2013  
Directors Lounge, Berlin, World Premiere, An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979
Festival Int’l de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de Mexico, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape
Portugal Underground Film Festival tour, Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, Our Summer...
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, MT, Our Summer…
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape

$100 Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Portland OR, Our Summer…
Portland Women’s Film Festival, Portland OR, Our Summer…
Palazzo delle Esposizione, Rome, Italy, An Incomplete History of the Travelogue, 1925
Vermont International Film Festival, …Travelogue, 1925
Directors Lounge, Berlin, …Travelogue, 1925

MIA @ The Armory, Pasadena, CA, Our Summer Made Her Light EscapeVideoArt & Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas NYC, You Can See the Sun in Late December

2012  
Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY, Chekhov for Children

Jihlava International Film Festival, Czech Republic, Travelogue, 1925

Museum of the Moving Image, NYC, Premiere, Our Summer…
WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of Film & Video Art, Int’l Premiere, Our Summer...
50th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Premiere, An Incomplete History of the Travelogue, 1925
Tribeca Film Festival, …Travelogue, 1925

Australian International Experimental Film Festival, …Travelogue, 1925

TIE (International Experimental Cinema Exposition), …Travelogue, 1925

Athens International Film & Video Festival, …Travelogue, 1925
Pacific Film Archive, Chekhov for Children

InLight Richmond, Our Summer Made Her Light Escape (video installation)

2011  
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Int’l Premiere, Chekhov for Children Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, MT, Chekhov for Children
Portland International Film Festival, Portland, OR, Chekhov for Children
Florida Film Festival, Maitland, FL, Chekhov for Children
Athens International Film & Video Festival, Athens, OH, Chekhov for Children

Visible Evidence Cinematheque, NYU, Chekhov for Children

Ann Arbor Film Festival, You Can See the Sun in Late December

Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, You Can See the Sun…
DOC Atlantic, Halifax, You Can See the Sun in Late December
Seoul Digital Media Festival, Seoul, Korea, You Can See the Sun in Late December

2010
Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO, Chekhov for Children (World Premiere)

Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, NY, Chekhov for Children
Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX, Chekhov for Children

Anthology Film Archives, New York, You Can See the Sun in Late December (World Premiere)
Moving Frames Festival, Mytilene, Greece, You Can See the Sun in Late December

TELEVISION BROADCASTS:

2011   True Stories: Life in the U.S.A. expands broadcast for Razing Appalachia on international  public television in countries across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

2009    Iowa Public TV statewide broadcast of This American Gothic, March 2009

Kansas City Public TV broadcast of This American Gothic, Spring 2009

2007   True Stories: Life in the U.S.A. airs Razing Appalachia on public television in 37    

countries across Asia, from Afghanistan and Armenia to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

PAST SELECTED GRANTS:

University of Iowa Arts & Humanities Grant for Chekhov for Children, 2009
National Endowment of the Arts Grant for This American Gothic, 2007
Humanities Iowa/National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for This American Gothic, 2007
Graham Foundation Grant for This American Gothic, 2007

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS:

2014    PANNAROMA group photography exhibit also featuring Lee Friedlander and Magnum photographer Gilles Peress – Gallery at Mercer County Community College, Mercer, NJ

2013    PANNAROMA group photography exhibit also featuring Lee Friedlander and Magnum photographer Gilles Peress – LeRoy Nieman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2011    PANNAROMA group photography exhibit also featuring Lee Friedlander and Magnum photographer Gilles Peress - Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Gallery, Miami, FL

2010    PANNAROMA group photography exhibit also featuring Lee Friedlander and Magnum photographers Gilles Peress - UNO-St. Claude Gallery, New Orleans, LA


DVD COLLECTIONS:

Her Heart is Washed…included on Highlights from the Festival of (In)appropriation DVD, 2012

You Can See the Sun in Late December included on Experiments in Cinema 6.3 DVD, 2011

You Can See the Sun in Late December included on Kid on Hip, Camera in Hand DVD, 2011

Her Heart is Washed…included on The Journal of Short Film DVD, 2008.

Her Heart is Washed…included on Experiments in Cinema 2.0 DVD, 2007

Razing Appalachia distributed on DVD by Bullfrog Films

Chekhov for Children, This American Gothic, Whipped and most short films distributed by Fandor.com

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

“We Sit in the Dark (Safety in Numbers),” essay collected in Undependently Yours: Imagining a World Beyond the Red Carpet, about the value of alternative film festivals. Published by Experiments in Cinema, 2015.

“Remixing Chekhov” in Chekhov in the 21st Century, Carol Apollonio and Angela Brintlinger, eds., Slavica Publishers, 2013

"Review of ‘The Adventure of the Real’ by Paul Henley" Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology,

Vol. 76, Fall 2011

“Musings on Muses” Millennium Film Journal, issue no. 51, Spring/Summer 2009

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY/MEDIA APPEARANCES:

• NOW Magazine, Toronto, April 10-17, 2014 “Highlights from the Images Festival.”
• Little Village Magazine, April 16, 2014, “ICDocs Incoming,” Burn Out the Day featured review.
• Stigmart VideoFocus10, February 2014 – One of 14 video/digital artists selected from 900+ nominations – feature article and interview
http://issuu.com/stigmart10press/docs/stigmart10__videofocus__february_20/21?e=6477836/7050324
• Videoart.net, February 2013 Interview by Katya Yakubov http://festival.videoart.net/festival_spots_Sasha_Waters_Freyer.php
• Indiewire, April 4, 2012, “Ann Arbor Film Festival Celebrates 50 Years” by Serena Donadoni

• Ink 19, Chekhov for Children reviewed by Carl Gauze, May 2011

• Featured guest on The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC public radio, 1/18/2010
• Art Forum, Oct. 19, 2010, Chekhov for Children reviewed by Amy Taubin


CURATORIAL PROJECTS:

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS - 9 Films About Being Vulnerable with films by Ira Eduardovna, Roger Beebe, Laurel Nakadate, Kelly Gallagher, Leslie Hall, Tova Mozard, Jennifer Chan, Alma Alloro & Greta Snider at Anthology Film Archives, October 2015

BustGallery.com / #bustgallery on instagram - BUST GALLERY is a curated, mobile exhibition space located slightly above the curator's left breast. The site disrupts the bureaucratic function of the 3" x 4" plastic Badge Holder; engages the public (in)visibility of the aging female body, and challenges conventions of exhibition and spectatorship.