Profile of Jennifer Reeder

A native of Columbus and graduate of The Ohio State University, Jennifer Reeder’s (b. 1971) long history with the Wexner Center began with a stint as a student employee in 1989, the year the building opened. In 2002, Reeder came to the Wex for her first residency in the Film/Video Studio to edit Tiny Plastic Rainbow (2003), an experimental narrative about lonely, urban adults. She returned the following year to work on her experimental short The Closer Stockholm (2004) and began a long creative relationship with editor Mike Olenick. Since then, Reeder has completed numerous projects with the assistance of the Wexner Center including two of her most celebrated narrative shorts: A Million Miles Away (2014) and Blood Below the Skin (2015), which screened at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival, respectively.

Reeder was the recipient of a 2006–07 Artist Residency Award in Film/Video. The award enabled her to direct her first feature-length narrative, Accidents at Home and How They Happen (2008), which was shot in Columbus and edited in the Film/Video Studio. She received a second Artist Residency Award in 2017–18 for the production of Knives and Skin (2019), her acclaimed feature film about the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl in a midwestern town. Knives and Skin had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. The film screened at the Wex September 13–14, 2019.

Works supported:
Knives and Skin (2019)*
All Small Bodies (2017)
Crystal Lake (2016)
Blood Below the Skin (2015)
A Million Miles Away (2014)
And I Will Rise If Only to Hold You Down (2012)
Tears Cannot Restore Her: Therefore, I Weep (2011)
Accidents at Home and How They Happen (2008)*
The Closer Stockholm (2004)
Tiny Plastic Rainbow (2003)

*supported by a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award

Image: Jennifer Reeder, photo: Ulysses Drago