River Branch received her B.A. in Psychology in 1990 from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She is currently working on her M.F.A. in Film and Video Production at the University of Iowa. River has created seven films including Conditioned Love, from which this still is taken.
Conditioned Love is a digitally shot experimental documentary capturing the relationship between two Southern women who lived together for over forty years. Both women, now in their mid-nineties, stand in for a generation of women brought together across class and racial lines in the domestic space. Historically and culturally configured, Kitty and Matt's relationship has been both vilified and romanticized. The piece engages the viewer through a series of shorts, each stylistically & technically unique, storytelling a unifying element to the otherwise visually fragmented approach.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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