Through evocatively grainy 16 mm visuals and unsettling sound design, Ashley McKenzie’s haunting short STRAY viscerally evokes the restless aimlessness of a young girl as she roams her desolate neighborhood in search of a feral cat. Its vérité vision of female alienation against a bleak industrial backdrop echoes Barbara Loden’s watershed of American independent cinema WANDA, in which the trailblazing writer, director, and actor stars as a disaffected, newly divorced housewife who finds herself adrift on the soot-choked margins of Pennsylvania.
Directed by Ashley McKenzie • 2013 • Canada
Starring Brooklyn Campbell, Susan Kent, Jennie Raymond
In this jagged childhood portrait tinged with menace, a nine-year-old girl alienated from her family roams her neighborhood’s postindustrial landscape in search of a feral cat.
Directed by Barbara Loden • 1970 • United States
Starring Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins
With her first and only feature film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in—Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of characte...