MONO NO AWARE is a 501c3 cinema-arts non-profit organization working to promote connectivity through the cinematic experience
Based in Brooklyn, NY, MONO NO AWARE presents monthly artist-in-person screenings, organizes affordable analogue filmmaking workshops, facilitates equipment rentals, operates a film distribution initiative, plans cinema field trips, and hosts an annual exhibition for contemporary artists and international filmmakers whose work incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a live performance or installation.
The term MONO NO AWARE is a Japanese phrase that means "a connection to the ephemeral".....
We strive to provide the tools and skills to make traditional filmmaking affordable and approachable in the hands of makers; to teach filmmaking at its core, from hand processing film to shooting techniques, from camera-less filmmaking to digital post-production and distribution.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION
Founded in 2007, MONO began as an exhibition of expanded cinema, presenting works that blended live film projection with live sound or performance. Motivated in part by a rejection of the growing popularity of the isolated, device-based streaming experience of cinema, the exhibition focused on artists’ works that required the audience to be present to share a live experience, promoting connectivity through the cinema experience.
MONO has grown significantly in the last ten years; the festival of expanded cinema continues to take place annually with an audience of nearly 1,000 and with dozens of international artists exhibiting work that incorporates Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a live performance or installation. In addition to the annual festival, MONO now includes analogue filmmaking workshops, monthly screenings with artists in-person, trips and special events, rental of film equipment and sales of film stock, a library of books on cinema and manuals for cameras and projectors, dry / wet lab, and editing facilities for motion picture film.
Founder / Executive Director
+ Daniel April
Daniel April has worked his way through every Grip and Electric position landing himself as a Gaffer and Cinematographer. He has worked on over 25 features, numerous Vimeo Staff Pick music videos and shorts, and campaign ads for companies such as MTV, Nike, and VICE. Recent feature credits include Queen of Earth, Funny Bunny, Newlyweeds, Hits, and Go Down Death. He has worked on projects spanning no budget - implementing DIY tactics - to professional commercial projects and he plans on sharing his knowledge and experience.
+ Laura Bartzcak
Laura Bartczak is a movement and film artist based in Brooklyn. Her analog film and photography explores personal narrative revealed through body language and gesture. Her choreography and film work has been presented by Radar at Anthology Film Archives, Lubov Gallery, CATCH 70, Mono No Aware, DCTV, Dance Film Association, AUNTS, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Domestic Performance Agency, Hypnocraft, Gibney Dance Center, Light Leaked Photography, Secret Project Robot, and Sarah Lawrence College among others. Her work can be found at http://laurabartczak.squarespace.com
+ Bill Brand
Bill Brand is an artist, educator and film preservationist. His experimental and documentary films, videos and installations have exhibited extensively worldwide in museums, microcinemas, and on television since the early 1970's. His 1980 public artwork, Masstransiscope, a moving image mural in a NYC subway tunnel that is animated by the passing trains, is in the permanent collection of the MTA Arts and Design. Since 1976 he has operated BB Optics, a service specializing in archival preservation of small gauge films and films by artists. He is currently Professor of Film and Photography at Hampshire College and Adjunct Professor in the graduate Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University.
+ Kyle Corea
Kyle is an independent filmmaker residing in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA in Film-Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He has taught workshops in Super 8 and 16mm at Mono No Aware and was a presenting artist at MONO IX Focused on exploring forms of documentary and poetics within the analog realm, he looks to capture the spirit of his subjects with a compassionate eye. He enjoys collaborating with other artists and musicians, shooting and directing music videos, dance/ fashion films, travel docs and short form content. https://vimeo.com/kylecorea
+ Yisa Fermin
Yisa Fermin is a New York native and multimedia artist working primarily in watercolor and video. She received a joint degree in Film and Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her artwork unearths the surreal and magical elements of oft-overlooked, every day moments as well as the narratives of marginalized communities.
+ Rachael Guma
Rachael Guma is a filmmaker and sound artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Through her experiments with Super 8 film and analog sound, Rachael strives to create an engaging live viewing experience that embraces the idiosyncratic qualities of technology, while maintaining a hand-crafted approach to her output. Ever since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute, her films have screened at the San Francisco Cinematheque, RX Gallery, Mono No Aware, Northern Flickers, Microscope Gallery, and AXWFF 2011; where she was asked to take part in a lively panel discussion on women filmmakers. As a member of Optipus Film Collective, she has performed live foley sound at Participant Gallery, Dense Mesh IV, and the 2011 Index Festival. Her teaching experience includes introducing avant-garde film to at risk teens at Reel Works and Super 8 workshops for Mono No Aware.
+ John Klacsmann
John Klacsmann is Archivist at Anthology Film Archives in New York City where he preserves experimental film and artists' cinema. Before joining Anthology in 2012, he worked as a preservation specialist and optical printing technician at Colorlab, a film laboratory in Maryland. He is a contributing editor to INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media and runs a tiny tape label, ZAP Cassettes.
+ Dena Kopolovich
Dena Kopolovich is from the outskirts of New York City, but now lives in Brooklyn. She has a background in multimedia performance and somatic arts. She uses the repurposing and destruction of found moving imagery as an artistic study, merging past and present aesthetics to explore the continuity of body and nature. Dena is an MFA student in Hunter’s Integrated Media Arts program.
+ Tim Korn
"Tim is an Emmy-awardnominated sound mixer residing in NYC. He has been working in the industry for 15 years on a variety of film, tv, and music projects. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2471512/
+ Annie Ling
Annie Ling is a documentary photographer and artist based in Brooklyn. Select clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fader Magazine, and New York Magazine. Her work has been featured in Frieze Magazine, American Photography, PDN Photo Annual, Tunica Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, among others. She has lectured at Columbia University, CUNY Brooklyn College, International Center of Photography, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Asian American Writers' Workshop, and has appeared on Al Jazeera America and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's pilot radio show. Annie's debut solo exhibition “A Floating Population” at Museum of Chinese in America in New York City featured over eighty images spanning four years of work. Annie is a recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship for photography, the first Skammdegi AIR Award, and a Director’s Fellowship from The International Center of Photography. Previously, she was a fellow of Reflexions Masterclass, an international laboratory investigating the evolution of the language of visual representation. http://annielingphoto.com
+ Jess Lynch
Jess Lynch is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her films emphasize an unfolding, contemplative experience reflecting cycles of time, rhythms of life, deconstructions, and abstractions. Many finished works become raw material for live video mixing in collaboration with musicians and other artists. Jess holds a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and has exhibited her work at numerous festivals, galleries, bars, and DIY venues.
+ Akiko Maruyama
Akiko Maruyama is a filmmaker and educator who uses 8mm film, 16mm film, handmade film, stop-motion animation and HD video. Inspired by Jack Smith, Tony Oursler, and George Kuchar, her works are fictional/non-fictional portraits using experimental techniques. Originally from Fukuoka, Japan she holds a BFA in Film/Video from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is currently working at Museum of the Moving Image and as an assist to experimental filmmakers such as Ericka Beckman.
+ Jorge Mazzini
Jorge Mazzini is a photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker exploring in experimental documentary and narrative imagery working primarily on Super 8mm and 16mm film. He studied cinematography and filmmaking in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During his stay in Buenos Aires, he filmed various short films and collaborated with other filmmakers in different projects. Currently he works in New York City as an artist assistant to sculptor David Altmejd and also works as a producer, videographer and photographer.
+ Craig Scheihing
Craig Scheihing is a filmmaker, photographer, curator, educator, and the founder of Big Mama’s Cinematheque, a cinema arts organization in Philadelphia. His films have been screened in film festivals, basements, bars, galleries, and garages, both in the U.S. and internationally. Splitting his time between Philadelphia and New York he works freely between diary, essay, and abstract forms. Craig’s films emphasize experience over narrative, sentiment over drama, connection over concept.
+ Lily Jue Sheng
Lily Jue Sheng makes moving image art that draws from the traditions of animation, using techniques such as 2D collage, stroboscopic still motion, and traveling mattes. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and is currently based in Queens, NY. Her work has exhibited internationally at cinemas, festivals, galleries, museums, and performance spaces such as Eyebeam, the MoMA PS1 Print Shop, and Microscope Gallery in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts, and Mobius in Boston; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal; Centro Cultural de España in Mexico City; the Bibliorium at Beijing Design Week in Beijing; and the 1933 Slaughterhouse in Shanghai.
+ Tomasz Werner
Tomasz Werner recently completed an MFA degree in film production at The University of Texas in Austin and also studied at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Tomasz is a filmmaker, camera professional, and editor living in Brooklyn and currently works in commercial production. He has previously led 16mm filmmaking courses for the University of Texas and workshops for Austin's AGLIFF festival. Specializing in documentary and experimental approaches to narrative storytelling, his personal work has been exhibited at SXSW, The Austin Film Society, and the Minneapolis International Film Festival. With a never-ending penchant for anything analog and photo-chemical, he often incorporates super 8 and 16mm film into his camera work.
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+ Chloe Zimmerman
Chloe Zimmerman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and educator whose interest lies in the experimental documentary realm. She is currently a collaborative fellow at UnionDocs, a center for documentary art in Williamsburg, and has screened work at venues including Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Film Festival, and the North of Nowhere Expo. Chloe has worked in documentary production and post-production for Academy Award-winning directors, and teaches film history and practice at various venues in the city. She is a graduate of the Combined Degree Program between Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
+ Simon Gulergun
Simon Gulergun is a filmmaker/photographer working and living between New York and Los Angeles as he completes his BFA in Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts. He’s dedicated to all formats, working most often with 16mm and Super 8mm film, hand-processing at labs with MONO NO AWARE or at CalArts. As a DP, he’s worked for the Love, Serve, Remember Foundation and artists such as Sharon Lockhart in documentary genre worldwide, as well as in narratives and music videos. His personal work is often observational and portrait based. https://vimeo.com/275002729
+ Chris Knudsen
Chris Knudsen 1983-2017. In memoriam. Chris was a cherished member of our community who is credited with the research and development of our non-toxic processing recipe. Chris was a former workshop participant and filmmaker who led several of our workshops and will be remembered always for his kindness and generosity.
+ Eryka Dellenbach
Eryka Dellenbach (b.1989) is an artist based between Chicago and New York. Working across body-based performance and film, she is motivated by the palpability of corporeal and psychological thresholds. Her works are characterized by a brutish, sensual physicality and immersive sound design. She earned a bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in Film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Eryka has presented at the Gene Siskel, Chicago Cultural Center, Intuit Outsider Art Museum, The Art Institute Museum of Chicago, Defibrillator, Links Hall, and internationally in Italy, Germany and Russia at the International Shiryaevo Bienalle of Contemporary Art. She will release her long-distance, long-term performance piece ‘Make the Brutal Tender’ in the Winter (2019) along with a film featuring Chicago-based, proto-industrial duo HOGG.
+ Cait Carvalho
Cait Carvalho is an up and coming media artist living in Brooklyn. She is currently working on her MFA in the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College. She has created hand-painted + animated films, as well as surreal, fictional and non-fictional pieces. She has worked for organizations such as Anthology Film Archives, the Independent Filmmaker Project and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. During her time with IFP, she organized and led community events and guided filmmakers through the process of attending IFP’s Independent Film Week in 2013. For the past four years she has been teaching 16mm and Super 8mm filmmaking with the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She has curated screenings in both L.A. and New York. Cait was also a participating artist during Creative Tech Week in 2015 and bits of her work have been screened at Anthology Film Archives. http://ccarval4.wixsite.com/ccarvalho
+ Jason Harper
Jason Harper is a director and cinematographer. He's filmed social interest stories on American barbershop culture featuring Nas, Black Thought and Big Daddy Kane and several documentaries for Google and Facebook on subjects ranging from the LGBTQ movement to the Kenyan ivory trade in Samburu. Recently he directed and shot a film for the Obama Foundation featuring Chance the Rapper, Steph Curry, and Barack Obama. Working with Coodie & Chike of Kanye West fame, he shot a series of documentary shorts on the Jordan IV and hip hop culture in 1989 for Nike. His work has been featured on AdWeek, Vimeo Staff Picks, FADER, and the Guggenheim.
+ Brandon Rowe
Brandon Rowe is a filmmaker, editor, and photographer with a passion for analog film and film processing. Working with Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm still photos, he has and continues to experiment with various methods of developing: traditional and non-toxic, negative and reversal, black-and-white and color. He has learned both independently and through the likes of Mono No Aware and Negativland Motion Picture Lab. He freelances as an editor and assistant editor, working for companies such as "The Daily Show" and Rota6. In the past, he has also provided assistance to distributors such as The Film-Makers' Coop and Kino Lorber. He is a graduate of New York University for Film/TV Production and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He currently works at Prime Focus Technologies.
+ Alex Faoro
Alex Faoro is a Brooklyn based teacher and artist who’s films are created exclusively on super 8mm (at the moment). He draws primarily from the documentary tradition, but is interested in exploring more abstract forms of expression and representation. Alex’s work has been exhibited internationally at festivals, galleries and small cinemas.
+ Lorenzo Gattorna
Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer from New York. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU and an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recently, his cinematic work engages with extended temporality, eludes narrative causality and embodies the confluence of lived experiences and embellished counterparts. He also attempts to capture flawed, fleeting scenarios, and the bittersweet sentiments that accompany their passing. His short films have screened in association with ARKIPEL, Balagan, CCNY, Chicago Filmmakers, Concrete Dream, CUFF, Echo Park Film Center, EMP Collective, FOVEA, FRACTO, Galerie Myrtis, Howard County Center for the Arts, Image Forum, Les Rencontres Internationales, LMAKprojects, LOOP Festival, Maryland Film Festival, MICA, Microlights, Microscope Gallery, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Moviate Underground Film Festival, NYFF, Onion City, Open City Cinema, PLUG Projects, Regional Support Network, Sonic Circuits, Tabor Film Festival, That One Film Festival, The Nightingale, Transient Visions, TULCA, UNEXPOSED and VIDEOMEDEJA. He has programmed screenings for American Medium, Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter, Maysles Cinema, Spectacle Theater, The Nightingale and UnionDocs. From 2012 to 2014, he was the co-director of a screening and workshop series in Baltimore called Sight Unseen.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
+ Steve Cossman (Founder/Executive Director)
Steve is founder and director of Mono No Aware (est. 2007); a non-profit cinema-arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 he helped the organization establish a series of analog filmmaking workshops that has grown to include an equipment rentals program, imported film stock distribution service and an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema. Steve’s first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award at F.L.E.X. and has screened at many festivals and institutions internationally. In 2013, he completed residencies at MoMA PS1’s Expo 1 and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. In 2014, Brooklyn Magazine named Steve Cossman one of the ‘Top 100 most Influential persons of Brooklyn Culture.’ He has been a visiting artist at Brown University, Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, SAIC, and UPenn. Steve’s recent work on film, W H I T E C A B B A G E (2011-2014), a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields of L.I.E.S., had its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a director, curator, visual artist, educator and activist.
+ Ava Tews (Board President)
Ava Tews is an artist, writer, and curator based in New York. Tews is Director of Publicity & Membership at Anthology Film Archives, where she is also a contributing programmer. Her artist film series "White Cube / Black Box" has presented rare screenings of the film work of artists Agnes Martin, Ed Ruscha, Nancy Holt, Walter De Maria, Dan Graham, John Baldessari, Andy Warhol, and more. She shoots Super 8 film.
+ Bryce Richardson (Board Treasurer)
Bryce is a filmmaker and the Senior Accountant for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. His films have played at festivals such as Slamdance, Woods Hole Film Festival, Antimatter, and the SBE Hamilton International Film Festival. His one-act play was produced by the Metropolitan Playhouse for the East Village Chronicles. He is a graduate from The University of North Texas.
+ Ross Nugent
Ross is a moving-image artist creating experimental, observational documentary and expanded cinema works. He earned an MFA in Film Production from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and currently teaches both media production and history courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Ross has worked extensively as a film and video programmer. This fall he joins the faculty at Thiel College (Greenville, PA) as Assistant Professor of Communication.
+ Laura Major
Received her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in 2009. She is currently the Film-to-Film Project Coordinator at Colorlab Motion Picture Film Laboratory in Rockville, Maryland. She has been involved with the Orphan Film Symposium and Home Movie Day for many years, and has worked on the summer staff of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar since 2006.
+ Becca Keating
Becca Keating is currently the Development officer at the Museum of the Moving Image and also serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Filmforum. Becca has held positions at Sundance, Art Center College of Design and was the Director of Development at Ann ARbor Film festival for 4 seasons.
+ Bill Brand
Bill Brand's films, videos and art installations have been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad in museums, film festivals and microcinemas. His 1980 Masstransiscope, an animated mural installed in the New York City subway, is in the MTA Arts for Transit permanent collection. Bill Brand lives in New York City and is Professor of Film and Photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts as well as Adjunct Professor of Film Preservation at New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program. His company BB Optics specializes in archival film preservation of small gauge films and films by artists. In 2006 he was named an Anthology Film Archives Film Preservation Honoree and given a month long retrospective to celebrate BB Optics' 30th anniversary. Brand’s films and videos have been featured at museums including Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art as well as at major film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival. The work is discussed in histories of cinema including the books Documentary, A History of the Non-Fiction Film, (1992) by Erik Barnouw; Allegories of Cinema, (1990) by David James and in a chapter by Robin Blaetz titled “Avant-Garde Cinema of the Seventies” in Lost Illusions, American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam 1970-1979 by David Cook. Brand’s work has also been written about in news and journal articles by Janet Maslin, Paul Arthur, J. Hoberman, B. Ruby Rich, Ian Christie, Noel Carroll, Brian Frye and Randy Kennedy among others. Bill Brand founded the showcase and workshop Chicago Filmmakers in 1973, and served on the Board of Directors of the Collective for Living Cinema until 1991 in New York City. He co-founded Parabola Arts in 1981 and is currently an artistic director. He has served as a member of the board of trustees for The Flaherty and is an advisor to the Orphan Film Symposium.
+ Terri Francis
Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University. Terri Francis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. Professor Francis specializes in the history and aesthetics of African Diaspora cinema, literature and culture. Her current project is “The Josephine Baker Body–Museum: Blackness, Power and Visual Pleasure,” which foregrounds her concern with race, gender and cinema. Further research includes studies of Jamaican film culture and African American home movies. Professor Francis’ courses include “American Experimental Cinema,” “Blaxploitation Re–examined,” and “Close Analysis of Film and Spike Lee.”
+ Violet Lucca
Violet is a film critic, filmmaker, and web producer living in New York City. She is Digital Editor at Film Comment Magazine, managing online content for the magazine, blog, and all social media outlets. She graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a degree in Cinema and Comparative Literature, focusing on film production and writing about film. She attended New York University’s graduate program in Cinema Studies, focusing on third and national cinemas, as well as new media.
+ Andrew Lampert
Born in the mid-70s in the Midwest, Andrew Lampert has created an extensive body of films, videos, photographs and performances since the late 1990s. His work is regularly exhibited in a variety of contexts around the world at venues including: The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Getty Museum; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Gallery of Ontario; The International Film Festival Rotterdam; The Toronto Film Festival; The New York Film Festival; The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Viennalle, Austria; Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin; The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; The Drawing Center, NYC; Mitchell Algus Gallery, NYC; PS1/MoMA; The Kitchen; The Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Visual Art Center at the University of Texas at Austin, The Images Festival; Issue Project Room, NYC; Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum; Aurora Picture Show, Houston; The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, and elsewhere
Lampert lives in Brooklyn. As Archivist and later Curator of Collections at Anthology Film Archives from 2003-2015 he was responsible for directing the archive, preserving the film and video collections, and co-programming public screenings. He has been a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College and taught at the Eugene Lang College at the New School. Over the years he has served as a visiting artist and guest teacher at schools including: New York University, Yale University MFA program, Bard College, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt College, University of Texas at Austin, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Massachusetts College of Art, Oslo National Academy of Arts, FAMU (Prague), York University along with many others.
+ Jodie Mack
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life. Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. She currently works as an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College, where she co-organizes an experimental media series, EYEWASH, and serves as the 2015-16 Sony Music Fellow.
+ Leslie Thornton
Leslie Thornton (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Thornton) is an American filmmaker and artist. Currently she lives and works in both New York and Rhode Island. Leslie Thornton was born in 1951 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Leslie Thornton creates vigorously experimental film and video. All her work delves into the mystery and ongoing investigations into the production, creation and distribution of meaning through and within media. One finds that with Leslie Thornton both form and content are critical and inform each other. Thornton is the Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. From a young age, Leslie Thornton was engaged in avant-garde cinema due to weekly screenings of experimental film at a Unitarian church in Schenectady, NY that she regularly went to as a teenager in the 1960's. This unlikely event helped guide Leslie's aesthetic. In the early 1970s Leslie Thornton used her artistic talents in the world of painting. Although she painted for less than ten years she produced a large body of work. Leslie Thornton attended the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York. While studying she worked with filmmakers such as Hollis Frampton, Paul Sharits, Stan Brakhage and Peter Kubelka. She also studied with Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Leslie Thornton has received many awards, including the Maya Deren Award, the first Alpert Award in the Arts for media, a nomination for the Hugo Boss Award, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, and Art Matters. Leslie Thornton's film and media works have been exhibited across the world, in venues including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Biennial Exhibition; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Rotterdam International Film Festival; New York Film Festival; capcMusée, Bordeaux; Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley; and festivals in Oberhausen, Graz, Mannheim, Berlin, Austin, Toronto, Tokyo and Seoul, among many others. Leslie was the only female experimental filmmaker noted in Cahiers du Cinema's '60 most important American Directors' publication. Leslie Thornton's project Peggy and Fred in Hell was awarded in numerous in annual best lists including: The Village Voice and The New York Times.
+ Thomas Zummer
Thomas Zummer is an internationally acclaimed independent scholar, writer, artist, and curator. He is a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS and an artist and lecturer at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He has been a visiting professor at many institutions including Brown University, New York University, The New School, Transart Institute (Linz), and Hogeschool Sint-Lukas (Brussels). He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. As an artist Thomas Zummer has a unique focus on process that expands notions of media. It has been said that for him, “it doesn’t matter whether one draws a grain of sand, a blade of grass, a motion-blur, scan lines or pixels, since in his hands the process of drawing is subjected to the same kind of scrutiny and unrelenting auto-deconstruction as the consideration of other, technically reproduced, shadows.” Starting in 1976, Zummer’s drawings, media, and sculptural works have been exhibited internationally including shows at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Antwerpen), Fundación Antoni Tapiès (Barcelona), Mütter Museum (Philadelphia), Frederieke Taylor Gallery (New York City), Marcel Sitcoske Gallery (San Francisco), and WhiteBox (New York City). Other exhibition venues have included Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space, and The Dia Foundation (all in New York City) as well as the CAPC in Bordeaux and Wigmore Hall in London. With his partner Leslie Thornton he has had a long collaboration with The Wooster Group, acting in many of their performances. In 2007, Thomas Zummer was an Artist-in-Residence at the haudenschild Garage in La Jolla, California. Additionally, Zummer has curated many exhibitions including exhibits at CinéClub/Anthology Film Archives, Thread Waxing Space, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Katonah Museum of Art, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. His exhibition CRASH: Nostalgia for the Absence of Cyberspace, co-curated with Robert Reynolds in 1994, broke new grounds in the possibilities of digital exhibitions.
+ Antonella Bonfanti
Antonella Bonfanti has worked in the moving image archives and preservation field since 2008. Committed to building community around film, she has organized screenings and events across North America. Antonella graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Cinema Studies in 2003. For over a decade Antonella worked as a technical manager and projectionist for southern Ontario’s premier independent cinemas and film festivals, including Cinematheque Ontario, Images Festival, Media City and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths program. Through this experience she began to understand film as a material object, a medium with its own distinctive characteristics, and spurred her to pursue a career in film preservation. She received her MA from the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation at the University of Rochester and George Eastman House in 2008..
+ Tara Nelson
Tara Merenda Nelson is a filmmaker, curator, programmer and lecturer with 15 years experience working with film and digital media. After seeing a program of experimental Super 8 films at Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY, she started making films of her own. She later moved to Pittsburgh PA, where she became involved with the Jefferson Presents Film Collective (and met/married her frequent collaborator, Gordon Nelson). In 2011 she earned an MFA in Film/Video from the Massachusetts College of Art, where she studied with Erica Beckman, Luther Price and Joe Gibbons. Her graduate studies also included working with the Harvard Film Archive and programming a three-city US tour for filmmaker Rose Lowder. Her film, performance and installation work was included in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 MONO NO AWARE exhibitions. Tara has taught Digital Media and Video and Film Production courses at Montserrat, Ithaca College, Cornell University and the University of Rochester. Currently she is the Curator of Moving Image Collections at Visual Studies Workshop, where she oversees the inventory, cataloging and digitization of 5,000 16mm films and 6,000 magnetic media titles, and programs the VSW FILM SERIES.
+ Gordon Nelson
Gordon Nelson is the Digital Technician for the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. Prior to this, he has worked as a filmmaker, educator and curator. His films have been screened at many venues, including MONO NO AWARE, MoMA and Anthology Film Archive. He has taught film and video courses at MassArt, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the University of Rochester. He programmed 35mm film screenings for the Carnegie Museum of Art and he helped establish and operate Jefferson Presents, a Pittsburgh-based experimental microcinema collective active from 2000-09.
+ Jeanne Liotta
Jeanne Liotta is an American visual artist who is primarily known for her experimental films. She is also currently a professor of film studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She lives between New York City and Colorado.
+ John Mhiripiri
John Mhiripiri is Director of Anthology Film Archives and responsible for the overall operations and development of this non profit cinema, film archive, and research library. John also serves as Secretary on Anthology’s Board of Trustees, and has been a jury member for numerous film festivals and media arts grant panels. He has presented public programs at film festivals and other venues throughout the U.S., and has screened his own work in Super-8mm since the mid-1990s.
+ Dan Streible
Dan Streible is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University and Associate Director of its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation master's program. He is also director of the Orphan Film Symposium..