Known for genre-bending explorations of human relationships, award-winning filmmaker Lori Felker (MFA 2007) debuts a collection of slippery, semiautobiographical tales of motherhood, miscarriages, and missing people. In Spontaneous (2020) she charts the loss of her pregnancy during the Slamdance Film Festival premiere of her short Discontinuity (2016), highlighting the chasm between her body’s slow-moving tragedy and the celebrity-studded celebrations around her. Not You (2020), starring both Felker and her daughter, relays the disorienting experience of new motherhood. I Can’t (2020) is an angry elegy produced on the occasion of a friend’s untimely passing. Felker presents these alongside a selection of earlier works, including Discontinuity and the haunting Memoria Data (2018), among others, and discusses her overall practice.
2016–20, United States, DCP, ca 75 minutes followed by discussion.
Lori Felker in person
Lori Felker is a filmmaker, artist, teacher, programmer, and performer based in Chicago. Her moving image work focuses on the ways in which we process, share, and disseminate information, via screens, dreams, gestures, games, and dialogue. Felker’s work has screened internationally, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; New York Film Festival; VideoEx, Zurich; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan; Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal; Los Angeles Filmforum; BAMcinemaFest, New York; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh. She is an Illinois Arts Council Agency Artist Project grant recipient, a Wexner Center artist in residence, and a Fulbright Fellow. Felker is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.