"Drawing in the Moment" (9 minutes 54 seconds) (2017) is a short experimental documentary that explores the intuitive artistic process of Minneapolis-based artist Anita White.
The film is a journey of looking within and uses drawing to appreciate various moments in life. From meeting strangers to processing difficult health challenges, the art and music from Anita express compassion and humor. The film also shows how she uses drawings as a way to navigate and sanctify everyday moments. Her pen and open sketchbook allow her to receive and honor what comes her way with joy and wonder. The accompanying song is paired with the imagery.
Music (shruti box), lyrics, and art by Anita White. Camera and editing by Jes Reyes. Directed by Jes Reyes and Anita White.
From Jes Reyes (Co-Director):
My work grows from my artistic motivations to blend my interests in the cinematic arts with feminist theory and creative non-fiction writing. I approach my projects with the goal to combine disciplines so that I experiment with form and expand documentary film and video.
The camera for me is an extension of my mind and body, where I produce first-person diarist, lyrical, and somatic art. Though I tend to work alone, acting as the sole writer, cinematographer, director, and editor of my films, some of my projects have been made through intimate collaborations. I have a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's in Women's Studies and Film/Electronic Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Films of mine have exhibited with Altered Esthetics, Made Here, Feminist Video Quarterly, Twin Cities Public Television, and the Walker Art Center.
I partnered with artist Anita White to create "Drawing in the Moment" because I was interested in exploring her intuitive approach to making art. Her documentary drawing style is intriguing to me. I also connect with her artistic approach, as I too, work from a similar "in the moment" process when making my moving image projects. As we moved along with making this video, I was immediately inspired by its natural flow and it genre blend of experimental and documentary. I also appreciated Anita's willingness to collaborate with me and for offering such honesty and vulnerability, found in her lyrics, singing, and art. It is the reason this short film is truly unique.
About the artists:
Jes Reyes is a filmmaker and artist living and working in the Twin Cities. She is the founder of Altered Esthetics’ moving image festival and a member of the Bentson Critical Group at the Walker Art Center. She has served as a short film juror for the Arab Film Festival as well. You can learn more about her at jesreyes.com.
Minneapolis-based artist Anita White is rarely, if ever, without a sketchbook, pens, and watercolors. Describing herself as a “documentary drawer,” she is often known to say, “Nothing is so scary you can’t draw it!” Anita is a co-founder of the Lola Art Crawl in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis and is a member of the Jewish Women Artists' Circle.