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What Happened to Her
2016, 15 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W171206

WHAT HAPPENED TO HER is a forensic exploration of our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen. Interspersing found footage from films and police procedural television shows and one actor’s experience of playing the part of a corpse, the film offers a meditative critique on the trope of the dead female body.

The visual narrative of the genre, one reinforced through its intense and pervasive repetition, is revealed as a highly structured pageant. The experience of physical invasion and exploitation voiced by the actor pierce the fabric of the screened fantasy. The result is recurring and magnetic film cliché laid bare. Essential viewing for Pop Culture, Women’s and Cinema Studies classes.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, Honorable Mention, Best Short Documentary
Dallas International Film Festival, Short Grand Jury Prize

  • New York Film Festival
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
  • London Feminist Film Festival
  • Traverse City Film Festival
  • Dok Leipzig
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam

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    "Reveals our cultural obsession with images of murdered women as entertainment. It's a postmortem pageant that lays a Hollywood cliché bare, but regrettably not to rest."
    Angie Driscoll
    Hot Docs

    "We're very proud to present the Grand Jury Prize to "What Happened To Her" by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, a bold new voice in cinema. This film addresses a trope that is so common in TV and film, that of the beautiful dead victim from the perspective of an actress who once played "the cadaver." This intelligent, meta analysis of a cinematic cliché is clever, well-crafted, spooky and unlike anything we’ve seen before."
    Dallas Intl Film Festival

    "Guevara-Flanagan’s film is timely… might serve as a reflection of the precise zeitgeist of this cultural moment…" Associate Professor of Communications, Communications and Media Arts Program
    Dana Weidman, Associate Professor
    Dutchess Community College

    "Why did the beautiful young woman have to die so cruelly? Hollywood never tires of playing out the same scenario. This found footage film collects the film industry's repeat offenses by compiling endless half-naked and contorted female bodies, arranged for the male viewer who is usually present in the reverse angle shot: men staring at female corpses. An actress's off-screen report about her own experience and the excess of images reveal the sexual obsessions behind them."
    Lars Meyer
    Dok Leipzig

    "This is powerful, sophisticated feminist filmmaking at its best and it Guevara-Flanagan's bold style - one that is both frightening and intimate - showcases her as an important, new voice in documentary filmmaking."
    Ellen C. Scott
    Associate Professor, UCLA

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