whatsherface #17: Michelle Helene Mackenzie - Tender Meats


Screened and then lost, credited and then miscredited, the work of early twentieth century filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché is summoned in this archival reconnaissance/narrative.  Tender Meats is a lyrical documentary that examines the relationship between cultural memory, the archive and processes of historical excision. It includes archival documents and the recovered footage of Guy's earliest films while investigating the commercial developments that have nearly eclipsed the studio in which Guy produced the majority of her work.

Michelle Helene Mackenzie completed a BA in Communication and the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, after which she enrolled in the graduate Program in Literature at Duke University.  While there, she became interested in French literatures of necrophiliac-agonies, the possibilities of sounding the unheard hills of banshee-perturbations, and the cultural amnesia that devours female genius.  This last interest resulted in her first film, Tender Meats (2016).