Light Work Urban Video Project Residential Commission / Citizen Second Class

Contractions Still, Lynne Sachs

Light Work UVP is delighted to host filmmaker Lynne Sachs for a the UVP Residential Commission in April 2024. Sachs will be working on a project with the working title Citizen Second Class. To create this piece, Sachs plans to work with local artists, reproductive care providers, and activists to explore issues of reproductive justice and bodily autonomy following the overturning of Roe v. Wade through the lens of our region’s important history in women’s rights.

This project is part of a larger effort in which Sachs is involved called The Abortion Clinic Film Collective, a diverse group of artists from around the country who came together in the wake of the Dobbs decision. Each has a relationship with a place where laws governing reproductive care have changed significantly since the overturning of Roe.

Lynne Sachs is an American experimental filmmaker and poet based in Brooklyn, New York. Working from a feminist perspective, she has created cinematic works that defy genre through the use of hybrid forms, incorporating elements of documentary, performance, and collage into self-reflexive explorations of broader historical experience. Her films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Wexner Center for the Arts, and festivals such as New York Film Festival, Oberhausen Int’l Short Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Sundance, Viennale and Doclisboa. Retrospectives of her work have been presented at Museum of the Moving Image, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Cork Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, among others.  In 2021, both Edison Film Festival and Prismatic Ground Film Festival at the Maysles Documentary Center gave her awards for her lifetime achievements in the experimental and documentary fields. In 2014, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. In 2019, Tender Buttons Press published her first book of poetry, “Year by Year Poems”. Her film catalogue is represented in North America by Canyon Cinema and the Filmmaker’s Cooperative with selected features at Cinema Guild and Icarus Films.

Produced with guidance from:

Anneka Herre

Program Director
Light Work | Urban Video Project

Department of Film and Media Arts
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Syracuse University