Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Sasha Waters Freyer makes non-fiction films about outsiders, misfits and everyday radicals. Trained in photography and the documentary tradition, she fuses original and found footage in 16mm film and video. Most recently, she has crafted lyrical explorations of motherhood, documentaries on the New York of her youth, and essay films on the cultural and political legacies of the late 20th century. Her new works-in-progress include a feature documentary on American photographer Garry Winogrand; a sing-along film installation on the year 1989, and 35mm panoramic photographs of family, friends and found poetry.
Past projects have screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Rotterdam, Tribeca, Big Sky, Havana, Videoex, and Ann Arbor Film Festivals; IMAGES in Toronto, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, Union Docs, the Pacific Film Archive, L.A. Film Forum, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, as well as the Sundance Channel and international cable and public television.
Sasha’s films have been reviewed in ArtForum, The New Yorker, Variety, IndieWIRE and Mother Jones; her writing has appeared in Millennium Film Journal, Teachers & Writers Magazine, Ethnos and the Quarterly Review of Film & Video. She has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the NEA, the Graham Foundation, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. She is the Chair of the Department of Photography & Film at VCU, the number one public art school in the United States.