A 5.5 min excerpt from the 38 minute, 16mm film (1996)
Director, Writer, DP, Sound, Editor Jennifer Reeves
SYNOPSIS Chronic is an experimental narrative about a young woman who began mutilating herself as a girl to cope with her bitter mid-western life. The lush optically-printed scenes take Gretchen’s point of view from her punk youth, a stay in a mental hospital, and her release into the big city. Scripted scenes are inter-spliced with documentary and found footage, illustrating the culture Gretchen lives in, her inner world and relationships from her birth to her final day.
AWARDS Jerome Foundation Production Grant.
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival: Main Prize of the International Competition and First Prize from the Jury of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker Award.
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto: Marion McMahon Memorial Award.
Black Maria Film Festival: Juror’s Choice.
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