Sunday, May 28, 2006

Amy Frazier is a journeyman filmmaker living and working in Memphis, Tennessee and northern Mississippi. She works in both film production and film education, having spent several years serving as a traffic coordinator and workshop coordinator for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She also spent a year working as the workshop coordinator at the Memphis Digital Arts Cooperative, facilitating and teaching workshops on all aspects of film practice and appreciation for the general public. Her wide-ranging film credits as producer, director, DP, camera operator, camera assistant, sound tech, and editor are evidence of her comprehensive, artisanal approach to filmmaking and her belief that the the most interesting films are hand-made by individual artists.

Amy's cinematic values stem in large part from the influence of her teachers and mentors, who include the maverick British director Mike Leigh and the veteran American independent director Jay Craven. Like them, she supports the idea of regionally- and locally-grounded film rooted in the lives and experiences of real people. She counts among her most cherished influences Maya Deren, Albert and David Maysles, Fredrick Wiseman, Jane Campion, Yimou Zhang, Dziga Vertov, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. She's also seen everything David Cronenberg has ever done.

She still hasn't made up her mind whether she prefers working in dramatic or documentary film, so she does a bit of both.