pieshake pictures

 pieshake pictures 

Recent Awards, Honors, etc.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
Artist Fellowship, 2019-20

Embarrassing but lovely profile in The Observers
Special Jury Prize for Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable, 2018 SXSW Film Festival

Fellowship residency at The MacDowell Colony, October 2017

10th Orphan Film Symposium's 2016 Helen Hill Award, honoring the legacy of the amazing artist, activist and educator Helen Hill.




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 digital media.  Her 2018 documentary, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable, screened theatrically and at festivals around the world and was called one of the year's best by The New Yorker's Richard Brody.  Other works include lyrical explorations of motherhood, and essay films on the cultural and political legacies of the late 20th century.  From 2015-2017, she hosted a mobile art exhibition project at BustGallery.com.

Sasha is the recipient of a 2019-20 Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Her past films 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 The New York and Los Angeles Times, HyperallergicArtForum, The New Yorker, Variety, IndieWIRE, Mother Jones, Film Threat and elsewhere; her writing has appeared in Talkhouse
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 (2007, 2015), the Graham Foundation, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.  She is a Professor of Art Foundations and Photography + Film at Virginia Commonwealth University


Contact: swfreyer@vcu.edu