Outsiders, misfits and dark horses fascinate me: poets and children, artists and activists, dead and dying analog media. Trained in photography and the documentary tradition, my artistic interests emerge from the following obsessions: research into visual archives; representations of motherhood; feminist subversions of personal and social histories; the dark rainbow of time.
Sasha Waters is a moving image artist and Professor of Film at Virginia Commonwealth University, the number one public university for the arts in the United States. Since 1998, Sasha has produced and directed 18 documentary and experimental films, 14 of which originate in 16mm. Embracing a personal, artisanal approach to craft, she served as cinematographer and sound designer on ten of her films and as editor on all but one.
Sasha’s most recent feature documentary, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable, was called one of the year's best by The New Yorker and won a Special Jury Prize for “Best Feminist Reconsideration of a Male Artist” in the Documentary Competition at the SXSW Film Festival. Following its theatrical run including five weeks at NYC's Film Forum, Winogrand aired on the acclaimed PBS series American Masters. Sasha's past documentary, experimental and essay films have screened at the Telluride Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kassel Dokfest, IMAGES in Toronto, Microscope Gallery, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, the Tribeca, Ann Arbor, Woodstock, Chicago Underground, Big Sky Documentary Film Festivals and the Museum of the Moving Image among other international venues.
Sasha is a three-time recipient of Media Arts grants from the National Endowment of the Arts; her films have been supported by Field of Vision, the Catapult Film Fund, Derek Freese Documentary Film Fund, the Graham Foundation, the Iowa Arts Council and the Jerome Foundation, and she has completed residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Sasha was awarded a 2019-20 Virginia Museum of Art Fine Arts Fellowship and is the 2016 recipient of the Helen Hill Award from the Orphan Film Symposium. This award honors the legacy of artist, educator and activist Helen Hill and is biennially presented to a filmmaker whose work “celebrates and embodies such things as creativity, self-expression, animation, small-gauge film, homemade movies and all things made by hand, collaboration, generosity, liberal spirituality, activism, love, play, community, and connection.”
Sasha is included in Edited By: Women Film Editors, a survey of women who "invented, developed, fine-tuned and revolutionized the art of film editing," and in the FemEx Film Archive, an ongoing collective archive of interviews with feminist experimental filmmakers.
Pieshake Pictures is named for a unique culinary delight enjoyed by Sasha's family for many years at the Hamburg Inn No. 2 in Iowa City.
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