︎ Jordan Lord

Location: Online
10 December 2020 - 6 January 2021
Image description: Animated GIF of 3 video stills from the screening of ‘After… After… (Access)’ by Jordan Lord.  Video still 1: A black and white image of the inside of a body, including a spine and other organs, appears on a laptop screen. A hand reaches toward the laptop's keyboard. On top of the hand, a caption reads: "In learning to make a film, students are taught to show rather than tell." Video still 2: An interior view along a hospital corridor. The image is taken from the point of view of someone lying under a white blanket on a wheeled hospital stretcher. An open caption at the bottom of the frame reads “Access not only refers to permission to make a documentary in a given space”. Video still 3: The folds of a white and pink-striped quilt fills the frame. The image is taken from the point of view of someone underneath the blanket. An open caption at the bottom of the frame reads "The frame is filled by a blanket that moves up and down with my heart beat."

After... After... (Access), Jordan Lord, 2018
Mascara Film Club is pleased to present the second in our rolling programme of monthly online screenings, After... After... (Access) (2018) by Jordan Lord.

After…After…(Access) is an essay film that confronts questions of accessibility through an attempt to record the filmmaker’s recent open-heart surgery. The film follows the filmmaker, as they prepare for the surgery: watching medical imaging of their body with friends, revisiting a former lover, preparing for their mother to come to New York, documenting their family's arrival, and ultimately being admitted to the hospital.

Alongside this footage, the film's narration considers the relationship between showing and telling; various dimensions of access; and how access is frequently considered only after the threat of liability, in the context of both filmmaking and disability. The film prioritizes access as a precondition of the film itself; audio description and open captioning are inseparable aspects of the film.

Access Information: This video is open captioned and includes audio description in English. There is a stroboscopic effect about 8 minutes into the video.

Video courtesy of the artist.

London, UK