Blood Below the Skin

Jennifer Reeder


Countdown to prom night is actually countdown to irreversible change for each girl. Two of the girls are falling in love with each other against all expectations and the third girl is forced to mother her own mother in the wake of her father’s disappearance. Each girl seeks comfort within the walls of her bedroom where the music blasting from the turntable provides a magical synchronicity between them all. The title refers to the secrets that girls and women keep just below their surface.


  • 65th Berlinale - Berlin, Germany, 2015
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival - Glasgow, Uk, 2015
  • 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbr, USA, 2015
  • 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival - Chicago, USA, 2015
  • Florida Film Festival - Florida, USA, 2015
  • European Media Art Film Festival - Osnabruck, Germany, 2015
  • 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen - Oberhausen, Germany, 2015
  • FrauenFilmFestival - Dortmund-Koln, Germany, 2015
  • 31st Internationale Kurzfilmtage Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany, 2015
  • 23rd Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival - Portugal, 2015
  • 17th Wisconsin Film Festival - Wisconsin, USA, 2015
  • Moscow International Film Festival - Moscow, Russia, 2015
  • BAM Cinefest - New York, USA, 2015
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - Palm Springs, USA, 2015
  • Lima Independiente Film Festival - Lima, Peru, 2015
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival - Mexico, 2015
  • Melbourne international Film Festival - Australia, 2015
  • Brief Encounters short film fest - UK, 2015
  • 27th Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival - Spain, 2015
  • Riga International Film Fetsival - Latvia, 2015
  • Curtocircuito International Film Fetsival - Santiago, Chili, 2015
  • BFI - London Film Festival - Uk, 2015
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema - Montreal, Canada, 2015
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival - Norway, 2015
  • Viennale - Vienna, Austria, 2015
  • AFI Film Fest - Los Angeles, USA, 2015
  • Kassel Documentary and Film Festival, Germany, 2015
  • Bogota International Film Fetsival - Peru, 2015
  • London Short Film Festival - Uk, 2016
  • Minimalen Short Film Fetsival - Norway, 2016
Blood Below the Skin

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Director: Jennifer Reeder

Script: Jennifer Reeder
Cast: Kelsy Ashby-Middleton, Morgan Reesh, Marissa Castillo, Jennifer Estlin, Connor Golden, T.J. Jagodowsky, and Megan Johns
DOP: Christopher Rejano
Sound design: Paul Dickinson and Jason Culver
Editing: Mike Olenick
Original music: Jenne Lennon, Aesop Rock, Arms and Sleepers, Stars of the Lid, Joan Jett
Associate producer: Penelope Bartlett
Producer: Steven Hudosh


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Jennifer Reeder
Jennifer Reeder
United States

Jennifer Reeder is an American artist, filmmaker, and screenwriter. His short film A Million Miles Away was nominated for a Tiger Award for Short Films at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Short Narrative Films category.

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