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On Lee Anne Schmitt

Posted by | Paris Jomadiao | Posted on | March 1, 2018

This week, we are excited to welcome Los Angeles-based filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt for a screening of her latest film Purge This Land (2017), made in collaboration with her partner, experimental jazz and rock musician, Jeff Parker.

LeeAnne Schmitt, still from Purge This Land, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Through the life and legacy of the radical abolitionist John Brown, Purge This Land reflects on how the shadows of slavery and systemic, violent racism continue to shape the United States’ psychic and physical landscape.

View the following excerpt of Schmitt’s film below to see how site and landscape intertwine with the lingering vestiges of a country’s problematic, violent history.