A Vegas showgirl wanders into the desert while performing her routine. The harsh natural conditions force her to acknowledge her own physical needs, and she transforms from a beautiful object into a living being with thoughts, desires, and a point of view. Yet this is a dangerous freedom, as the viewer turns voyeur and ultimately predator. 'The Imagemaker' engages the relationship of the viewer to the viewed with the artist playing both director and performer. Shot entirely alone in the desert, the film explores the Sisyphean effort of living female by presenting the hazards of both self-consciousness and self-liberation.
Sarah Lasley is a video artist from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2008 and her BFA in 2005 from the University of Louisville. Her no-budget films explore the mediated nature of gender and the subject/object relationship of the camera to a performer. She has taught video production and emerging media for the past eight years at Yale University, Pratt Institute, and Vassar College, amongst others. Her short films have screened internationally in film festivals and galleries, most recently at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York, NY, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA and Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT. She is currently a Lecturer in Digital Media at Indiana University.