Girl is Presence by Lynne Sachs & Anne Lesley Selcer

Girl is Presence (4 min. color sound 2020) a film by Lynne Sachs and Anne Lesley Selcer  

During the 2020 global pandemic, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and her daughter Noa collaborated with Anne Lesley Selcer to create Girl is Presence. The work is a form of reading and listening in response to disquieting words from “Sun Cycle.” Its multitude of disparate objects sensorily reflect back a disharmonious and tense list of voiced nouns. The poem’s tone is originally contextualized in a book that deals with gender and power; that takes on an expanded sense here. Against the uncertain and anxious pandemic atmosphere, inside domestic space, the ‘girl’ arranges and rearranges a collection of small and mysterious things. 

Anne Lesley Selcer is a poet and art writer occasionally making work off the page. She is the author of Blank Sign Book and Sun Cycle, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press first book award, both published in 2019. In 2014, Selcer responded to Sachs’ film Your Day is My Night in her essay for SFMoMA’s Open Space: https://openspace.sfmoma.org/2014/02/…  

Lynne Sachs is a filmmaker, most recently releasing  Film About a Father Who and A Month of Single Frames at the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight. In 2019, her first book of poetry Year by Year Poems was published by Tender Buttons Press.   

Noa Street-Sachs (performer) works as an investigator on police misconduct cases at a government agency in New York City. She is also a photographer and a native of Brooklyn.  

Rebecca Shapass (editor) is a filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist, and community organizer living in New York City. Commissioned by Small Press Traffic for Bay Area Shorts, spring 2020