VCUarts Photography + Film Professor Wins $35,000 Grant

VCUarts Associate Professor Sasha Waters Freyer, chair of the school’s Department of Photography and Film, has been awarded $35,000 from the Derek Freese Film Foundation to complete her documentary “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable.” The film will have its broadcast premiere on PBS’s “American Masters” series during the 2018–19 season, and will start touring film festivals in early 2018.

 Watch the film trailer now on Vimeo.

Waters Freyer’s film explores the life and work of prolific New York-based street photographer Garry Winogrand (1928–1984). Winogrand’s images of Marilyn Monroe, Norman Mailer, and the turbulent 1960s and ’70s are among the most famous and provocative pictures of the 20th century. The film is endorsed by the Winogrand estate and supported by an Art Works: Media Arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 “I am honored to have the support of the Derek Freese Documentary Fund to advance the completion of this intimate portrait of Garry Winogrand,” says Waters Freyer. “The film both considers the most ubiquitous medium of our time through the eyes of one of its great practitioners, and makes a timely contribution to the contemporary conversation around how we tell the stories about—and grapple with the artistic legacies of—complicated male artists.”

 This feature-length documentary film, produced and directed by Waters Freyer, is the first documentary about Winogrand’s photography. It is produced in association with PBS’s “American Masters” and co-produced by Submarine Entertainment, N.Y.

 “We are thrilled that the Derek Freese Film Foundation recognizes the deep inquiry, research and creative ambition that VCUarts Professor Waters Freyer has invested into her work,” says Dean of VCUarts Shawn Brixey. “This generous award will ensure that Professor Waters Freyer can continue making valuable and educational contributions to the fields of photography and documentary film.”

Waters Freyer had extensive access to the artist’s archives through the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. She also worked with the curator of the 2013–15 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art traveling show, Yale and Columbia University faculty who curated previous MoMA Winogrand exhibitions, and MoMA’s emeritus curator of photography. Other partners include Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and the Winogrand estate.

 The Derek Freese Documentary Fund is a biennial award given to a single filmmaker “with a strong vision” to support the production of a documentary with a “powerful story to tell.”

Image: Still from trailer of “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable”


December 6, 2017