Rebecca was awarded an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to fund her next short film. Project grants are for artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.
The Water Children is an official selection for the 2018 Twin Cities Film Fest. The film will be screened as part of a series of shorts under the title Artistic Expressions (82 minutes). They produced a short video featuring an interview excerpts from the film. Click here to view the video.
Women Cinemakers published an interview about The Water Children. "In pregnancy, a discourse developed between my body and the body growing inside of me and that discourse produced an entirely imagined person. We existed in our own secret parallel universe. In grief, that parallel universe persists. I occupy the space of two worlds: sometimes I flicker between them, sometimes I am strictly in one or the other, and sometimes I exist in the foggy space between them. I live in a play of traces. Through using a combination of 16mm black and white film, color video, live action scenes and animation, I was able to express the sensation of fluctuating between the various corporeal and psychological states of pregnancy, loss and grief." Click here to view the full interview.
The Water Children was The Audience Choice Experimental Award Winter 2018. Thank you to Lili White, AXW and New Filmmakers. It was an honor to screen the film at Anthology Film Archives. I was also really moved by the generosity of women who had experienced pregnancy loss and shared their stories with me following the screening. I hope this film continues to inspire dialogues about pregnancy loss and abortion between us and in your own communities.
The Water Children was selected for Another Experiment by Women (AXW) curated by Lili White and presented by New Filmmakers NY. AXW has promoted and screened women’s experimental films since 2010 in New York City. Many of these works feature underrepresented themes and issues distinct to women and girls. The film is included in a program titled "Living Reality" showing on February 28th at Anthology Film Archives. The screening was followed by a Q&A which was recorded and can be viewed here.
koan / ko·an /ˈkōän
a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.