Films by Mothlight Filmmaker in Residence Jayne Amara Ross

Friday, September 23rd, 8pm


1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48207

Jayne Amara Ross is a Franco-Australian poet and filmmaker based in Paris, France.


Since 2009, her films have been shown in international festivals and galleries (CCA Glasgow, MAMCS Strasbourg, la Cinémathèque Française, SixDogs Athens, Brisbane Fringe Festival…) and she has toured France and the UK with live cinema collective FareWell Poetry. She has released two spoken word albums in the UK (Gizeh Records) and her work has been funded by Le Centre National des Arts Plastiques (France).




Jayne Amara Ross / Super 8 to HD / Loop / 2010
Persephone belonged to her mother Demeter before she was ravished by Hades, her husband-to-be. Then ensued a tug-of-war to claim ownership of the girl, mediated by her father, Zeus. In the same, confused forest clearing, Persephone is the image of objectified girlhood, simultaneously disrobed from soil by her husband and tucked back into the ground by her mother. 
This piece was adapted from a live performance for two super 8 projectors.
Soundscape : SPOTTED THOUGHTS IN HAZY LIGHT by Agathe Max (Box Bedroom Rebels)


POETRY READING by James Hart 3 & Jayne Amara Ross


Jayne Amara Ross / HD / 5′ / 2016
In the Norse cosmogony, the finite world is created from the dismembered body of the Primordial Giant, Ymir. Inspired by an archival photograph from 1918 of a whale trapped in fast ice on the coast of Iceland, WASTE is a meditation on over-consumption and penury and the devastating violence of our misguided hungers.


Jayne Amara Ross / HD / 19′ / 2016
An ordinary day in a small fishing town in the north of Iceland provides a backdrop for the narrator’s deliberations on personal failure, womanhood, community and the death and rebirth of astral bodies.


Jayne Amara Ross / HD / 12′ / 2016
A conversation with Matthew Sidney Jones on the subject of being Queer, and being Mormon: a quest to hold on to every aspect of one’s identity in a celebratory act of dissent.


Jayne Amara Ross / Super 16 to HD / 18′ / 2011
Live soundtrack by James Cornish
A man embarks on a mystical journey of endurance to break through the husk of duality and to, finally, be united in love.