List of filmmakers organised by last name from M to O
Christopher MacLaine (born in 1923 in Oklahoma, USA and died in 1975 in California, USA) was an American director, writer and cinematographer. As a director, he filmed four shorts: Beat (1958), The Man Who Invented Gold (1957), Scotch Hop (1953), The End (1953); and also served as the writer and cinematographer for ‘The Man Who Invented Gold’.
MacLaine graduated from U.C.- Berkeley in 1946 and after graduating, became one of the most influential Californian Beat poets. He founded a literary magazine and published several small books before 1960.
Guy Maddin (born February 28, 1956 in Winnipeg, Manitoba-Canada) is a filmmaker, actor, sound engineer, cinematographer and screenwriter. Maddin received his degree in economics at the University of Winnipeg in Canada. Maddin first worked as a teller in a bank, then as a painter before launching into the world of film. His first short film 'The Dead father' (1986), shows his interest in the Gothic surrealism, for sexual deviance in 'Careful' (1991), repression in 'Twilight of the Ice Nymphs "(1997) and madness in 'Tales from the Gimli hospital "(1988).
Maddin's achievements are marked by his imagination, semi-mythical decorations, an experimental registre...
Throughout his career, Guy Maddin has directed, written, directed and edited the photographs of over thirty short films.
Lionel “ fox ” Magal est musicien, cinéaste, homme de radio, nomade, passeur et conteur. Il participe entre autre à la fondation de radio Nova en 1981. Il est le cofondateur en 1968, avec son frère Thierry Magal, du Crium Delirium Circus, un groupe artistique polyvalent d’action et d’intervention.
Anne Maregiano is a director who, before directing her first short film of 26 minutes 'Timor Lorosae, Long Journey to Freedom' was a production assistant for musical documentary films for five years in Australia on the referendum of August 1999 for the independence of East Timor.
After returning home, she trained in documentary filmmaking at Ateliers Varan, where she directed 'The Asso', which was featured in Creteil Women Film Festival in 2001.
Maregiano attended a concert at the Louvre Charlemagne Palestine, a New York musician from the minimalist movement of the 70s, then decided to make her first feature documentary about the original artist. Her feature documentary 'Charlemagne Palestine, the Golden Sound' was shown for the first time in Paris in June 2001.
At the same time, she directed several short documentary films: The Art of Learning in 2003, where she filmed young adolescents for a few months at an art school in the United States. Her other films: 'Jonas Adolfas, Pola, Journey to Paris' (2004) dedicated to three great experimental filmmakers, 'The City in 2030?' And 'Urban Water' in 2007/2009 devoted to workshop Urban Design for the Ile-de-France Regional Council and INHA, 10 years already 'in 2011 for the National Institute of History of Art', 'Another blow' in 2012 for the Federation of Houses Youth and Culture in the Ile-de-France, 'My crocodile' in 2013 to the Association Relais Enfants-Parents Lyon.
For seven years, she has filmed and made commissioned films on architecture, urbanism or art history.
Her latest project is a sound portrait workshop and audiovisual at the Maison des Aveugles in Lyon.
Chris Marker (born on July 29th, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and died on July 29th, 2012 in Paris) was a filmmaker, writer, illustrator, translator, photographer, editor, philosopher, essayist, critic, poet and producer. His most well known works are: La Jetée (1962), A Grin Without a Cat (1977), Sans Soleil (1983) and AK (1985), a film essay on the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. His most notable works are his documentaries, defined according to André Bazin as cinematographic essays.
That being said, Chris Marker was not one to work alone and he collaborated with filmmakers, actors, artists and even workers: Costa-Gavras, Yves Montand, Alain Resnais, Yannick Bellon, Alexandre Medvedkine, Jorge Semprun, Benigno Cacérès, Thoma Vuille, Mario Ruspoli, Joris Ivens, Haroun Tazieff, William Klein, Mario Marret, Akira Kurosawa, Patricio Guzman… He was an avid supporter of the Kourtrajmé and Islid Le Besco collective, in which he witnesses a “new new wave”.
All along his career, Marker was extremely interested in observing history and its complexities, observing it with a discerning, ironic, amused and occasionally infuriated eye. The topics of memory and nostalgia of reinvented past times but forever lost are at the heart of his reflections.
Alain Resnais, one of Marker’s dear friends and collaborators defined him as, ‘the prototype of the twenty-first century man.’ The film theorist Roy Armes said Marker was ‘unclassifiable because he is unique… The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians, and its autobiographers, but only has one trust essayist: Chris Marker.’
Stéphane Marti (born January 7, 1951 in Algiers) is a filmmaker, visual artist and teacher as well as a user of Super 8, which he has practiced for 70 years and does everything for it survive the digital age. He studied under Dominique Neguez, an advocate and theoretician of experimental film, Michel Journiac, a major protagonist of the Body art and Andrew Almuro, a composer of electroacoustic music.
From 1985 to 2007, he worked at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Art from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne and shared his experience to new generations of filmmakers in workshops. Moreover, he organizes several screenings of films from his workshops, "the Smarti Brigades".
In his films, Marti works around issues of the body, the sacred, of gender identity disorder and strategies of desire.
Attached immediately by critics at the "School of the body" cinema revolves primarily around issues of the body and the sacred, of gender identity disorder and strategies of desire. Always chiseling his films by the super 8 that combines visual splendor with artistic and against-cultural independence, he designed a operatic esthetics of the intimacy, whose mannerist decadence, the telluric forces, the splendor rituals, golds and purples forge baroque and flamboyant coordinated its "small theaters of the body".
Meanwhile, he engages in other practices such as painting, photography, installation, projection environments and shapes Totems facts assemblies, photomontages and objects from his own films and create, their combination, endless narratives, torn, fragmented as we know them in his films.
Since, in particular, The City of nine gates (Grand different cinema award and award of criticism in Hyères festival in 1977), his film work has been shown in a large number of festivals and national and international events (in Montreal , New York, London, Tokyo, etc.) and generated numerous articles and interviews.
Barbara Meter is a Dutch filmmaker who completed her studies at the Dutch Film Academy in 1963 and received an MA Film and video at the London School of Printing in 1995. In the early 1970s, Meter co-founded the Electric Cinema, a citadel of Dutch experimental cinema. She has made a number of experimental films, as well as feature films and documentaries. Besides filmmaking, she has worked as a curator of films programs, a teacher and free-lance lecturer on film.
Adolfas Mekas (born on September 30th 1924 in Semeniskiai, Lithuania and died on May 31st 2011 in Poughkeepsie, New York) was a Lithuanian filmmaker, writer, director, editor, actor, educator and mentor. Adolfas Mekas collaborated with his brother Jonas Mekas to establish the seminal magazine Film Culture, and the Film-Maker’s Cooperative. He was associated with George Maciunas as well as the Fluxus art movement. His short films incorporate a comic and anarchic spirit, highlighted in his feature ‘Hallelujah the Hills’ (1963), which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival and is now classified as an American classic. Adolfas Mekas played a key role in the experimental film society, the ‘New American Cinema’ in the 1960s.
Jonas Mekas was born December 24, 1922. He is a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema." His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide. He was co-founder of the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.
Bill Morrison (born on November 17th, 1965 in Chicago) is a New York based filmmaker and artist. From 1983 to 1985, Morrison attended Reed College and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in 1989. His films incorporate rare archival material, are set to contemporary music and have been screened in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, and concert halls around the world.
Morrison worked at the New York Museum of Modern Art between October 2014 and March 2015. He is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, received the Alpert Awards in the Arts, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Furthermore, his theatrical project design with Ridge Theatre was awarded with two Bessie Awards and an Obie Award.
Morrison has collaborated with a multitude of influential composers and performers of our time, such as: John Adams, Maya Beiser, Gavin Bryars, Dave Douglas, Richard Einhorn, Erik Friedlander, Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Vijay Iyer, Johann Johannsson, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, David T. Little, Michael Montes, Harry Partch, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Julia Wolfe, to name a few.
In 2002, Morrison collaborated with composer Michael Gordon to make ‘Decasia’, a feature-length which was selected by the Library of Congress to its National Film Registry in 2013. The two men’s feature-length was the first film of the 21st century to be selected to the list, earning it recognition from individuals, such as J. Hoberman, the film critic who said it was “the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle”. The filmmaker Errol Morris also hailed their creation and deemed it as maybe being “the greatest movie ever made.” Basel Sinfonietta commissioned the film and it was to be shown on three screens surrounding the audience, with 55 musicians performing Michael Gordon’s score.
After his success with ‘Decasia’, Morrison collaborated with composer/trumpeter Dave Douglas and made ‘Spark of Being’. Following the film’s release, they were awarded with the Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
His film ‘The Great Flood’ was the product of one of his latest collaborations in 2014 with composer/guitarist Bill Frisell, leading him to receive the Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award for Historical Scholarship.
François Miron (born on September 20th, 1962 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada) is a director, cinematographer and producer. Miron began his filmmaking career in 1982, when he worked exclusively with emulsion in which the body of his work consisted of several short experimental films, all made using a powerful film image manipulation technique that he has mastered: optical printing. In 1990, he received an MFA in filmmaking from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago as well as a full merit scholarship. His films have been screened in festivals, venues and various other locations throughout the world. His works have received numerous awards and underground acclaim. A part from his success as a filmmaker, Miron has also created and shot music videos, photography and since 1993, has been teaching optical printing, filmmaking, and technical aspects of films at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal. He completed the production of ‘The 4th Life’ in 2007, a 35mm feature film written with James Galwey. A year later, he was awarded with the Juno Award for his photographic work for the band Arcade Fire and the album cover of their Neon Bible CD; the images for the album were extracted from images that he shot in 16mm B/W and color reversal film. The same year, he won the Prix at la création artistique from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for his film ‘Hymn to Pan’. Most recently, Miron completed his documentary on the Avant-garde filmmaker Paul Sharits and had it premiered at the 44th Rotterdam International Film Festival late January 2015.
Gunvor Nelson (born in 1931 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish director, cinematographer and writer who is currently residing in Kristinehamn, Sweden. She has worked since the 1960s as an experimental filmmaker. Her mostly well-known works date from when she lived in the Bay Area in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. At this time, Nelson, became a well established artist in the avant-garde film circle of the times and even today. As of 2006, she has created twenty films, five videos and one video installation.
Nelson received a Master of Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California. She taught at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1970 to 1992 and then moved to Sweden in 1993. She spent a year at the San Francisco State University from 1969 to 1970 and a semester at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. Her works have been exhibited at a number of different European and North American festivals, one-woman shows and she has received many awards and grants Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Rockefeller Foundation grant. Her films were shown in the underground world of film on both the West and East Coast of the United States, until the mid 70s when she gained recognition from Playboy editors to Pauline Kael. Her film ‘Take-Off’, a satire on the performance of the striptease is partly responsible for this recognition.
In her work Nelson focuses on themes of childhood, memory, home/homeland, displacement, aging, death and the force of nature- usually interlacing female beauty and power.
Her editing is remarkable for its dreamlike imagery and her close attention to the effects of language and sound on moving images, serving to improve the aesthetic of her experimental works. Many of Nelson’s films are seen as being “personal” rather than “experimental” or “avant-garde”.
Solomon Nagler is a Canadian director, producer and writer, best known for ‘Black Salt Water Elegy’ (2010), Cinemas (2014) and ‘J.’ (2009). Nagler received his BA with an honours in Philosophy from the University of Winnipeg and his MFA in Film Production from Concordia University. His films have been shown across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia at venues, such as: Centre Pompidou in Paris, L’Université Paris Panthéon Sorbonne and the Lincoln Center in New York. His work has been featured at a variety of different locations, including: Retrospectives at the Winnipeg Cinematheque in August of 2004, at the Excentris Cinema in Montreal in August of 2007, the Festival Du Cinéma Différent in Paris in December 2005 and 2007, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and The Canadian Film Institute in 2009.
Nekes Werner (born on April 29th, 1944 in Erfurt, Germany) is a German director and collector. Nekes studied linguistics and psychology at Freiburg. He began his film career in 1964 in Bonn and is part of the University Film Club and is chair at FIAG. Following this early career, he developed friendships with several filmmakers, sculptors and painters. After meeting with Dore O., both started collaborating since 1967. In 1965, he began painting and using various materials and objects, he then makes films in 8 mm and 16 mm.
Nekes aims to release the film from narration and its psychologizing goal to then make it while respecting the structural system and the temporal criteria. The Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage rejects his films in the spring of 1967, which pushes him to organize an event. The same year, Nekes arrives in Hamburg with Dore O. and the couple get married the following month.
Today, he is co-founder of the cooperative of filmmakers of Hamburg and is one of the organizers of the "Hamburger Filmschau". From 1973, he traveled around the world to participate in seminars on the theories of movies or retrospectives. He moved to Mulheim in 1978.
He is also the co-founder of Filmbüro NW (1980) and the ICNC (International Center for New Cinema) in Riga in 1988. His works have been exhibited in major museums and festivals, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Documenta Kassel.
In parallel, he exercises his teaching profession: from 1969 to 1972 and from 2004 to 2006 at the Academy of Fine Arts (Hochschule für Künste Bildende) in Hamburg from 1981 to 1982 at the University of Wuppertal, from 1982 to 1984 at the Kunsthochschule Offenbach and from 1990 to 1996 at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He has brought together in a large private collection artifacts that represent 500 years of pre-cinematographic experiments and has documented the progress of the early history of cinema, focusing particularly on the principles of spatial and temporal representations.
Born 1946. Studied at Hornsey College of Art, 1964-65; Edinburgh School of Art, Drawing and Painting 1965-69 and St Martins School of Art post graduate film-making 1970-1. From 1969-70 she ran the gallery at the New Arts Lab, London and was cinema programmer at the London Film Maker's Co-op in 1974, 1976-77 and 1992/3. Nicolson is a founder member of Circles - Women's Film in Distribution, 1979, Editorial contributor for Musics magazine 1976-79, co-editor and publisher, Readings magazine 1977. She was awarded the John Brinkley Fellowship at Norwich School of Art, 1980-81. She has been a part-time and visiting lecturer at art colleges including; Cheltenham, Chelsea, Falmouth, Ravensbourne, Glasgow, Wolverhampton and St Martins, London.
Her film works and performances have been seen at museums and galleries nationally and internationally and her artworks have been widely exhibited, from the London Film-makers Co-op and the Acme Gallery, London to the Stedelijk, Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna. Her work is in the collection of the Belgian National Film Archive, British Film Institute, Canterbury University, Women Artists' Slide Library, her artists book 'Escaping Notice' is the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum.
Vivian Ostrovsky (born on November 17th 1945 in New York, United States) is an experimental filmmaker and curator. Despite being born in New York, Ostrovsky spent most of her childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and did her secondary studies there. She then pursued her studies in psychology and film at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She began working for Ciné-Femmes, a group which fought for feminism and its recognition. In 1980, she became a filmmaker and abandoned her career as an activist. She organized a number of festivals, one of them being Jerusalem.
Ostrovsky’s films explore the theme of transit and she situates herself after French filmmaker and critic, Yann Beauvais between the “journall film” and the “collage film”.
Etienne O’Leary (born on October 24th in Montréal, Canada and died on October 17th, 2011 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) was an actor, director and cinematographer. His most known works are ‘Chromo sud’ (1968), ‘Day Tripper’ (1966) and ‘Champs Elysées’ (1966).
Pat O’Neill (born in 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is an American independent experimental filmmaker and cinematographer who has also worked in the special effects industry. Despite working with an extremely wide technical and aesthetic scope, O’Neill is mostly known for his unique film compositions which intertwine surrealism and humour, all while mastering the optical printer. His works explore the complex clashes between the natural world and human civilization. A part from filmmaking, he has also worked with drawing, collage, sculpture, installation and other artistic mediums
Some of his early 16mm films include ‘Runs Good’ (1970), and ‘Down Wind’ (1973). He later made 35 mm films, such as: ‘Water and Power’ (1989), ‘Trouble In The Image’ (1996), and ‘The Decay of Fiction’ (2002). His film ‘Water and Power’ was added to the National Film Registry in 2008.
O’Neill’s films are exhibited in a number of different archives and museums around the world. His complete collection can be found at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, where many of his shorts have been preserved.
He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and influenced many CalArts students, including: Adam Beckett, Robert Blalack, Chris Casady, and Larry Cubas, who then worked on the special effects of the original Star Wars.
A DVD with the "first real video work" from Jonas Mekas
A film by Jonas Mekas on 2 DVDs
Four films by Christopher MacLaine
A film by Werner Nekes and Dore O.
4 films from Gunvor Nelson on Blu-Ray, including a 69 page booklet
A film by Anne Maregiano. This documentary takes the form of an intimate confession backed up by historical archives. 70min - 2010
The dvd anthology contains the complete recent cinematic works of Solomon Nagler. The Elegy Trilogy, the Landscape Trilogy, Notes on Gestures and Black Salt Water Elegy, working as a key of an architecture of striking visions.
Documentary about films and experimental practices in the world. Includes 2 DVDs (movie + bonus) and a 20-page booklet with texts by Raphaël Bassan, Emile Breton and Gabriela Trujillo.