B.F.A., Antioch College. Media Artist. Active in the media arts for over 20 years, Ahwesh has developed a practice including film production, feminist studies and media advocacy. Aptly described as a bricoleur, Ahwesh works in experimental narrative and documentary genres, often with improvisational performance, in what is primarily an investigation of cultural identity and role of the female subject. Distribution is through Electronic Arts Intermix, NY and Lightcone, Paris with work in the permanent collections of MoMA and the Library of Congress. She was in the 1991, 1995 and 2002 editions of the Whitney Biennial. Ahwesh has received grants from The Jerome, Creative Capital and Guggenheim Foundations, NYSCA and the Alpert Award in the Arts. Ahwesh is represented by Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Find her on the web at Senses of Cinema, Great Directors Critical Database, World Picture Journal of Film Theory and the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. At Bard since 1990.
EPHRAIM ASILI Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts
B.A. Film and Media Arts, Temple University, M.F.A Film & Video Arts, Bard College. Ephraim Asili is a Filmmaker, DJ, and Traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, NY; Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI; San Francisco International Film Festival, CA; Milano Film Festival, Italy; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; MoMA PS1, NY; LAMOCA, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Whitney Museum, NY. As a DJ, Asili can be heard on his radio program In The Cut on WGXC, or live at his monthly dance party Botanica. Asili’s films are in distribution with Video Data Bank.
B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. Has had work exhibited and screened at MoMA PS1’s Greater New York: Cinema (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); Images Festival, Toronto (2009); and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008); among others. Has taught at Princeton University, Parsons The New School for Design, and the New School MA in Media Studies Program. At Bard since 2010.
B.A., Brown University; M.F.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Recent films include include Hart’s Location (2016), The Measures (with Jenny Perlin 2014), The Observers (2011) and Stranger Comes to Town (2007). Recent exhibitions and screenings at American Museum of Natural History, Rotterdam Film Festival, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, Pacific Film Archives, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Recipient, USA Rockefeller Award (2013), Alpert Award in the Arts (2007), DAAD Fellowship (2005), and Creative Capital Award (2005). At Bard since 2001.
B.A., Yale University; M.A., New York University. Ed Halter is a critic and curator living in New York City. He is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Bookforum, Cinema Scope, frieze, Little Joe, Mousse, Rhizome, Triple Canopy, the Village Voice and elsewhere. He is a 2009 recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and his book From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games was published in 2006. From 1995 to 2005, he programmed and oversaw the New York Underground Film Festival, and he has curated screenings and exhibitions at Artists Space, BAM, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the ICA, London, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, PARTICIPANT INC., and Tate Modern, as well as the cinema for Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and the film and video program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. He teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts department at Bard College, and is currently writing a critical history of contemporary experimental cinema in America. At Bard since 2007.
A.B., Dartmouth College; M.A., New York University. Writer and lecturer on filmmaking and film history. Taught at Queens College, Cooper Union, Princeton University, and Collective for Living Cinema. Associate editor, Downtown Review (1978–81). Articles on film, video, and poetry. Coeditor, Ten Years of Living Cinema (1982). At Bard since 1981.
B.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University. Reichardt’s new film Certain Women, starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone, premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival. Reichardt’s other films include: Night Moves (2013), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Old Joy ( 2006), and River of Grass (1994). Grants: United States Artists Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Renew Media Fellowship. Special Screenings: Whitney Biennial (2012), Film Forum, Cannes Film Festival in “un certain regard,” Venice International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival. Retrospectives: Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, Walker Art Center, American Cinematheque Los Angeles. At Bard since 2006.
B.A., Princeton University; M.A., M.Phil., joint Ph.D. (Film Studies and History of Art), Yale University. Film historian; has curated and organized retrospectives, series, traveling programs, and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on filmmakers, film movements, and particular moments from the silent era to the present at a number of venues including Bard College, Yale University, the Yale University Art Gallery, Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, George Eastman House, Pacific Film Archive, Harvard Film Archive, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque, British Film Institute, Austrian Film Museum, Munich Film Museum, Tokyo Filmex, National Museum of Singapore, Anthology Film Archives, and Princeton University. Author of Projections of Memory: Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film (Oxford University Press, 2016) and editor, Hou Hsiao-hsien (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2014). Frequent contributor to The Moving Image and Senses of Cinema; articles published or forthcoming in Artforum (October 2015); Viewing Platform: Perspectives on the Panorama (Yale University Press, 2016); Positions: Asia Cultures Critique (2016); Ronshu Hasumi Shigehiko (Hatori Shoten, 2016); Robert Bresson (Indiana University Press, 2012); Olivier Assayas (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2012); Ashish Avikunthak (Aicon Gallery, 2012); Studies in French Cinema (Spring 2011); The Cinema World of Pedro Costa (Jeonju International Film Festival, 2010); Robert Beavers: My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure (Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2009); and the Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (Routledge, 2005). Recipient, Whiting Fellowship (2009-2010); Stavros S. Niarchos Research Fellowship (2008); others. At Bard since 2010.