Curators statement: The Eyeslicer Presents

Jennifer Reeder, Kelly Sears, and Lauren Wolkstein

Aug 13, 2019

An image of actress Maria Schneider from the film Last Tango in Paris, as seen in animator Kelly Gallagher's teaser video for The Eyeslicer Presents "Marlon said to me 'Maria, don't worry, it's just a movie.'"

The Eyeslicer describes itself as "a secret TV show blending the boldest new American filmmaking into mind-expanding, mixtape-style episodes." For the latest episode, feminist filmmakers Jennifer Reeder, Kelly Sears, and Lauren Wolkstein were tapped to create a moving image program in response to the #metoo era. Below is a joint statement from the curators about their effort, followed by a teaser trailer by Kelly Gallagher, a 2018 visitor and a participant in the Wex's Cinetracts '20 project.

The Eyeslicer Presents "Marlon said to me, 'Maria, don't worry, it's just a movie.'" plays the Wex on Friday and Saturday, August 23–24, at 7 PM.

The program “Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie,’” investigates the female body through tropes and traps of cinematic production, growing out of historical and recent conversations about assault in the filmmaking industry. The flow of these films slowly shifts between examinations of dominance and violence, instigated and replicated by industrial film production culture, and reframes the gaze, the framing of the body, and representations of desire through resistance and the reclamation of film language.

Six months ago, this program premiered at MoMA; since then we’ve witnessed continued abuses of power in cinema systems and beyond, involving (among others) politicians, musicians, educators, financiers, judges, coaches, and athletes. Experiences of harassment and abuse that occur in these environments are often unreported, dismissed, or silenced. This program turns attention to moving image works that create spaces for these narratives while imagining inclusive and collaborative production modes and power structures.