Jennifer Reeves

New York based Jennifer Reeves has made 20+ film works since 1990. She does her own writing, cinematography, editing, and sound design. Her subjective and personal films push the boundaries of film through optical-printing and direct-on-film techniques including hand-painting film frames. Reeves explores themes of memory, mental illness, feminism, sexuality, landscape and music. Her films have shown widely, from the Berlin, New York, Vancouver, London, Sundance, and Hong Kong Film Festivals to the Robert Flaherty Seminar, the Museum of Modern Art, and many universities and independent cinemas in the US, Canada, and Europe. A 10-screening retrospective of Reeves' film work was featured at the New Horizons Film Festival, in Wroclaw, Poland in 2009. In 2007 and 2008, 3-screening retrospectives were hosted by Kino Arsenal in Berlin and the San Francisco Cinematheque.

In 2008, Reeves 67-minute double-projection film WHEN IT WAS BLUE premiered with live music by Skúli Sverrisson at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film and music performance also had sold-out shows at The Kitchen in New York and the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, and it won an audience award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Reeves' acclaimed first feature THE TIME WE KILLED (2004) won the Critics prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Outstanding Artistic Achievement at OUTFEST, and screened at the 2006 Whitney Biennial. The Village Voice Film Critic's poll 2005 honored THE TIME WE KILLED with votes from six film critics for categories including: Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Performance.

Reeves teaches film part-time at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts MFA program.


Light Work I

2006, 08:12 minutes, colour, English

Skinny Teeth

2001, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

marvelous! ruin! collapse!
by Leigh Fisher. The Dark Arts: magic + intuition (curatorial incubator 6), 2009. Toronto: Vtape, 2009.
Toronto Images Festival
by Jennifer Reeves. Not Dead Yet ( I love 16mm), Apr. 9 Spring, 2008.
The Festival That Rocks: Toronto's Images Festival of Independent...
by Barbara Mainguy. The Independent, July 1997.