Talena Sanders is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist interested in the development of individual and collective senses of identity in the context of religious and affinity groups. Through examining the influences of visual and material culture, dress and adornment, and geographic place, her work seeks to understand the ways in which people produce their self-worth within and against social institutions. She holds an MFA from Duke University’s Experimental and Documentary Arts program and a BFA from the University of Kentucky. Her work has been screened, exhibited, and collected internationally, including at the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde, Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Indie Festival Brazil, Media City Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. She is an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at the University of Montana and is a proud Kentuckian.
Prospector, 16mm transferred to HD, 13:29 TRT, 2015
Liahona, 16mm transferred to HD, 70:00 TRT, 2013
The Relief Mining Co., 16mm transferred to HD, 30:17 TRT, 2013
The Fort, 16mm transferred to HD, 7:23 TRT, 2012
Tokens and Penalties, HD video, 3:59 TRT, 2012
Truth-Value of the Document Up To and Including Its Limits, HD expanded
cinema installation, 5:10 TRT looping, 2011
Reach!, SD video, 17:10 TRT, 2009
Liahona (Orig.) / 2013 / United States / 70 min
Liahona is an experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as the Mormon faith. The film creates a portrait of Mormonism through documentation of LDS cultural dominance in Utah, the suppressed history of folk magic in the early church, landmark Mormon life experiences, and Sanders’ personal history and connection to the church...