Artist Projects

As With Knives and Skin

Jennifer Reeder

As With Knives and Skin is an experimental feature film told through multiple characters during the aftermath of a young girl’s disappearance in a rural, racially diverse town in Ohio. It is a deadpan glimpse into the lives of both teenagers and adults, all looking for love and validation, equally self-conscious and self-absorbed. In the aftermath of the disappearance, as secrets are revealed, it is the teenagers, not their parents, who rise above and come together as a means to heal and move forward, rebelling against a social structure that dictates their behavior. In the painful process of shedding adolescence, these unwitting feminists empower themselves and each other.