You never know when someone is miscarrying; it could be happening right next to you. I had a miscarriage while attending a film festival in 2016. This is a story about bad timing, ignorance, public isolation, choice, and the taboo.
SPONTANEOUS is the first film I’ve ever seen about miscarriage and it hit me right in the gut. Filmmaker Lori Felker takes us through her deeply personal experience having a miscarriage at the Slamdance Film Festival. What strikes me hardest is the casual language she uses which makes me feel like this could be happening to me or one of my friends. One in three pregnancies ends in miscarraige and it’s not something that’s been talked about, until now. — Jillian C (Programmer)
Lori Felker is a Chicago-based filmmaker/artist, teacher, programmer, and performer. Her films and videos attempt to study the ineloquent, oppositional, delusional, frustrating, and chaotic qualities of human interaction. She loves every facet of filmmaking and has worked as a cinematographer, editor, and actor for artists and directors such as Jerzy Rose, Melika Bass, Jesse McLean, and Geof Oppenheimer. She has also spent beloved, valuable time as a Festival Coordinator and programmer for the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Roots & Culture Gallery and as a projectionist at the Gene Siskel Film Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Lori works in a variety of mediums and has shown her work internationally at festivals and spaces including the Rotterdam International Film Festival, NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde, VideoEx, Slamdance, and many more. She is an Illinois Arts Council Artists Grant recipient, a Wexner Center Artist in Residence and a Fulbright Fellow.
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