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On DVD: The Time We Killed

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 25, 2010

The Time We Killed

Underground filmmaker Jennifer Reeves has finally released her debut feature film, The Time We Killed, on DVD. The film follows the emotional roller coaster an agoraphobic poet, Robyn (Lisa Jarnot), goes on during the heady days immediately following the tragic events of 9/11 and going all the way up to the invasion of Iraq.

After a decade of making short films, Reeves directed the 94-minute The Time We Killed on a mix of B&W 16mm film and digital video in 2004. The film then went on to win numerous festival awards including theĀ FIPRESCI Prize award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the best NY Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Plus, Reeves was nominated for the “Someone to Watch Award” at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards.

The Time We Killed is now available on DVD exclusively through the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. But, of course, you can just buy the DVD through Wexner’s online store.

Back in 2005, Ed Halter wrote in the Village Voice on the film:

Reeves’s remarkable skills for expressive cinematography grant this grim tale a stark beauty bereft of sentimentality. At times, the high-contrast 16mm sharpens the world into harsh black-and-white, while DV close-ups turn plaster walls into alien landscapes. As with nonfictional depressives, Robyn proves alternately revelatory, grimly humorous, and frustratingly self-absorbed.

Dana Stevens also reviewed the film in the New York Times. Plus, Reeves keeps an online journal of her current work that’s extremely entertaining reading.

Watch an excerpt from the film:

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