Unless You're Living It

Saturday, January 18, 2:30pm
Film Synopsis

An edgy, unsettling portrait of place and power in rural white Ontario that challenges the correlation between seeing and knowing, and the ravages of late-stage capitalism. Hand processing, contact printing, tinting and toning engage the film as a body that, like the residents of Mt. Forest, sustains injuries, wounds and burdens, but also has the capacity for delight, revelatory pleasure, and transformation.

8 minutes
Sarah Bliss
United States of America
Year completed
Filmmaker Bio

I am a filmmaker, artist and educator who facilitates deep encounter with the sensate, desiring body. I work artisanally with hand-processed film and with video to make experimental and documentary films, and kinesthetic immersive installations that engage personal and social history. My work is often three-dimensional, immersive, and site-specific.  It’s screened internationallyat museums, galleries and film festivals including the Edinburgh International Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; Fracto Film Encounter; Transient Visions; Montreal Underground Film Festival; and Anthology Film Archives. I’ve been recognized with fellowships from the Flaherty Seminar, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Scotland’s Alchemy Film Festival, and am an Independent Imaging Retreat alum.  Curatorial projects include Stretching the Frame: Death, Dying and the Material Body, a program of 12 experimental films that screened at the 2017 Northampton Film Festival; andFrom the Farm, a program of 13 experimental films from Canada’s Independent Imaging Retreat that screened at the 2017 Alchemy Film Festival. Current projects include a personal doc tracing my family history of desire; and production of film tints/toners made from mushrooms, lichen, bark and nuts.  I received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, teach cameraless filmmaking, and am a member of Boston’s AgX Film Collective.

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