Sasha Wortzel is an artist and filmmaker working primarily in time-based media. Her work explores the politics of space in relation to race, gender, and queer desire. Sasha has recently presented work at the Berlin International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Outfest LA, Newfest, BFI Flare, Tribeca Interactive, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, A.I.R. Gallery, Cooper Gallery, the Guggenheim Lab, and New Museum. Her work has been supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, the Astraea Foundation’s Global Arts Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She is a 2012-2013 fellow of filmmaker Ira Sach's Queer/Art/Mentorship, and is currently a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program. Sasha received her MFA from Hunter College.
Her current project with artist collaborator, Reina Gossett, Happy Birthday, Marsha!, follows iconic transgender rights activist and artist, Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson in the hours before she initiated the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. The film will premiere in 2017.
Gossett and Wortzel are also in development on a feature about Johnson's life post-stonewall.