Skinny Teeth

Jennifer Reeves

2001, 07:00 minutes, colour, English


"Appropriated audio from motivational tapes and raw hewn video footage of the exploits of two punk girls creating a disturbance in an Ohio Mall (circa 1988) challenge the great society of the American heartland. A savvy examination of hard-edge adolescent aggression and an attack on 'proper' codes of behavior. The future is yours." (Karyn Riegel, Occularis)

I shot my source material, as an Ohio high school punk (1988), in a mall and at home with a few of my queer and rowdy friends. I decided to rescue the deteriorating VHS footage using and emphasizing the signal break-up to effect my degraded memory and hope(-lessness) of youth. I added a layered soundtrack with bits of patriarchal pronouncements, music, and the girls themselves asserting their rebellion with jokes, role-playing and shenanigans at Sears. I kept the tone of the piece true to my perspective of the world at the time. It is sarcastic, biting, and avoids the cliche of looking back on troubled times from a more “knowing” adulthood. The time period depicted in SKINNY TEETH was by no means as fun as this particular day captured on video. On other occasions my friends and I were kicked out of the mall, fighting or bored silly! (Jennifer Reeves, 2001)

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