A minimalist, hypnotic and poetic essay exploring the traces of slavery and systemic racism still in the United States through the legacy of the abolitionist Josh Brown. As a letter to her son, the white director, married to an African-American, records her personal history in a visual geography of complicity and violence. (RS)
- Viennale (2017)
- Open City Film Festival - Grand Jury Award (2017)
- DocLisboa - International Competition (2017)
- Jihlava Documentary Film - International Competition (2017)
- CPHDox - International Competition (2017)
- Etats Generaux Lussas (2017)
- Filmmaker Festival Milan (2017)
Lee Anne Schmitt
She is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles interested in political thought, personal experience and the land. Much of her work involves 16mm filmmaking placed in landscape, objects and the traces of political systems left upon them. Her projects have addressed American exceptionalism, the logic of utility and labor, gestures of kindness and refusal, racial violence, cowboyism, trauma and narrative and the efficacy of solitude. She has exhibited widely at venues that include MoMA NY, the Getty Museum, RedCat Theater, Northwest Film Society, Centre Pompidou and festivals such as Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, BAFICI and FID Marseille.
Filmography: The Fansworth Score (2017); Purge this Land (2017); womannightfilm (2014); Williams Lake (2015); Three Stories (2012); Company Town Remix (2012); Bowers Cave (2010); California Company Town (2008).