This film subverts the form of amateur ethnography to reflect upon our cultural anxiety and fascination with race, evolution, and civilization. This lyrical essay film captures the spirit of excess and adventure embodied by The Great Gatsby (published in 1925) in fragments from home movies of a wealthy American family abroad in Europe and North Africa-illuminating truth as something that is historically fleeting.
Length: 9 minutes
Premiere: New York
Director: Sasha Waters Freyer
Screenwriter: Sasha Waters Freyer
Producer: Sasha Waters Freyer
Editor: Sasha Waters Freyer
Sasha Waters Freyer was born in Brooklyn. Her experimental and documentary films have featured dominatrixes, coal miners, artists, children, and activists, though not necessarily in that order. Her work includes Chekhov for Children, This American Gothic, and Her Heart Is Washed in Water & Then Weighed (TFF 2007).