Anna Brotman-Krass is pursuing her PhD in Spanish at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where, through her practice of collaborative experimental filmmaking, she studies grassroots transnational feminist movements in Madrid, Spain.
She has been working with 16mm film since 2018, fostering a dedication that stems from her appreciation for its tangible and physical attributes. Her practice revolves around a belief that the material artistic process engages care as simultaneously manual and tactile as well as an intrinsically emotional process. She often cuts and reassembles footage by hand, an approach that allows her to engage intimately with her project on care and resistance. This physical manipulation of film enhances her relationship with her work, foregrounding the tactile, material quality of 16mm film that digital methods do not.
Anna received her BA from the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences where she graduated with distinction. She majored in Spanish and Global Development Studies, with a concentration in Cinematography. For her Global Development Studies capstone thesis, Anna was awarded the Charles H Koch Jr. Award in Foreign Affairs to create a short documentary film in Madrid, Spain; accompanied by an essay titled, “Domestic Fantasy, Disguised as Attainable Truth: Performance in Activism & Domestic Labor.” She continued this project through her internship with Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (Washington, D.C.), and will expand on this thesis through her PhD.
You can find Anna in Ann Arbor, MI studying or in Madrid, Spain directing and shooting experimental documentary film. When she’s not in Spain or Michigan, Anna directs music videos and promotional material for artists across the US. She collaborates with musicians such as SHAED, Kate Bollinger, Hala, & artists on the Strawberry Moon Records label.