Blood Below the Skin

Blood Below the Skin

Jennifer Reeder

Feature Film

»Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.«
Eleanor Roosevelt / Graffiti in Blood Below the Skin

Jennifer Reeder’s film chronicles a week in the lives of three teenagers who are preparing for the most important night of their lives – the Prom Night. While one of them sells underwear worn by her mother to a teacher, the other two fall unexpectedly in love with one another. Intimate moments, a feeling of comfort, alone and as a pair in the bedroom. The music blasting out of the record player creates a synchronicity between the girls. Blood Below the Skin is a powerful ode to adolescence.

Film programme Life’s a Bitch

Director / Script / Contact

Jennifer Reeder


Christopher Rejano


Mike Olenick


Paul Dickinson


Aesop Rock, Arms and Sleepers, Stars of the Lid, Joan Jett


Kelsy Ashby-Middleton, Morgan Reesh, Marisa Castillo, Jennifer Estlin, Connor Golden, TJ Jagodowsky, Megan Johns


Steven Hudosh

Jennifer Reeder

Born in Ohio in 1971, the artist and film-maker has been exploring the subjects of identity, relationships and trauma management in her experimental videos for twenty years. Her films are shown all over the world and have received numerous awards. Reeder graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently professor of Moving Image at the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Films by Jennifer Reeder (Selection)
Blood Below the Skin 2015| A Million Miles Away 2014 | Girls Love Horses 2012 | And I Will Rise if Only to Hold You Down 2011 | Tears Cannot Restore Her: Therefore, I Weep 2011 | Seven Songs about Thunder 2010 | Accidents at Home and How They Happen 2008 | Claim 2007 | The Heart and Other Small Shapes 2006 | White Trash Girl 1995