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. Since 1998, Sasha has produced and directed 18 documentary and experimental films, 14 of which originate in 16mm. With the exception of her first documentary, she has edited of all of her films. Embracing a personal, artisanal approach to craft, she also served as the cinematographer, primarily in 16mm, and sound editor, on ten of them.

Sasha’s most recent documentary, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) screened theatrically and at festivals around the world; was called one of the year's best by The New Yorker's Richard Brody, and won a Special Jury Prize for “Best Feminist Reconsideration of a Male Artist” in the Documentary Competition at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Winogrand aired on the PBS series American Masters in April 2019. Her new documentary-in-progress, Trouble Don't Last, about the artist Bruce Conner and the gospel group the Soul Stirrers, received support from the Catapult Film Fund, Field of Vision and the National Endowment of the Arts. She 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. Past support includes residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as funding from the Derek Freese Documentary Film Fund and the Jerome Foundation. 

Sasha has screened and exhibited at film festivals, museums and galleries from Abu Dhabi and Anchorage to Zagreb and Zurich, as well as in classrooms, church basements, storefronts, and public libraries. Notable venues include the Telluride Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kassel Dokfest, IMAGES in Toronto, the Brooklyn Museum, SF MoMA, LAXART, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, Microscope Gallery, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Film Forum, NYC.  


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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