Rachelle Dermer is an award-winning artist and a scholar who works with lens-based media. Dermer earned her B.F.A. in photography from Arizona State University in 1991, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History of Photography in the Art History Program at Boston University in 2002 and her M.F.A. in Film in 2015. She has completed a number of short films, including “I Fell,” which won an audience choice award at the Boston Bike Film Festival in 2005 and “Best Screenplay” at the 2006 NEMBA MTB Video Awards. Her short films and have been exhibited in a range of venues from film festivals to exhibitions spaces. She completed her first documentary feature, “Commit to the Line,” in 2008. It opened at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA in a screening followed by a panel discussion. “Commit to the Line” was an Official Selection at the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival, receiving the First Place Providence Film Festival Award, and Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Dermer’s work on this film won her the title of Exceptional Woman, awarded monthly on the radio program, “Exceptional Women” (WMJX, Boston) with Gay Vernon. Dermer’s second non-fiction feature film, which is an intensely personal experimental narrative.
Commit to the Line
Film by Rachelle A. Dermer (Documentary) Director, Writer, Producer, Self "Commit to the line!" is shouted as direction and encouragement by the instructors at the Spokeswomen Mountain Bike Camps. A "line" in mountain biking is the route that the cyclist chooses and carries an implicit warning: if you don't "commit to the line" that you have chosen, a crash will often ensue. This serves as a metaphor for living one's life in a manner that is determined individually. Commit to the Line is a celebration of triumph over cancer by the film's director; it is a celebration of women choosing their own course and overcoming fear and obstacles to find that they are vital and powerful in the world. Written by Anonymous