Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin is a great victory for compassion. The director weaponizes empathy as though it were her blade and directs the hell out of this new mystery picture. What truly elevates her voice is a great sense of accessible feminism. Knives and Skin is feminism for everyone. It invites all of us to engage fully with its principles as such and succeeds fully in voicing its feminine characters. The feeling is that Jennifer knows what it is like. She works predominantly with strong female characters and has lived their experiences. Hailing from Ohio, she has deeply felt the need to escape, the outsider impulse she so wonderfully captures here. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Jennifer about her new picture, her experience moving from short films to a feature-length mystery, and the nature of feminism in her work.