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Knives and Skin

Director: Jennifer Reeder
Magnolia :: Narrative Features
Running Time:112:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
3:30 PM EST
Friday, November 15
Thalian Main
6:45 PM EST
Sunday, November 17
Thalian Main

Writer: Jennifer Reeder
Producers: Brian Hieggelke, Jan Hieggelke
Cinematographer: Christopher Rejano

Have you seen Carolyn Harper? No one has, not since her jock boyfriend abandoned her at the lake. Something isn’t quite right, but it’s hard to say which wave of weird energy is underneath it all. An inexperienced sheriff leads the investigation as anxiety and fear spread out from a rural high school and start to disrupt the candy-colored facade of a peaceful Midwestern town. With strokes of David Lynch, a sweet roster of 80s pop hits, and a moody palate, Reeder delivers an entirely unique universe. Young women have magic powers and everything else is not quite right as we dive beneath the surface of small town USA. A mystical teen noir that mixes coming-of-age and coping-with-age in equal measures.


Jennifer Reeder, writer-director
Jennifer Reeder’s first feature Signature Move premiered at SXSW in 2017 and screened at Cucalorus later that year. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for best US narrative feature at Outfest. Her short films, including A Million Miles Away and Blood Beneath the Skin, screened at Sundance, Berlin, the Venice Biennale
and the Whitney Biennial.

Brian & Jan Hieggelke, producers
Jan and Brian are the founders of Newcity magazine and The Chicago Film Project, Newcity’s production and distribution company. Their first project was “Signature Move,” with Jennifer Reeder.

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