List of filmmakers organised by last name from S to T
The “trans-artist” (due to his own words) Angela Hans Scheirl was born in 1956 in Salzburg, Austria. While studying restauration of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1975-1980) Scheirl begins to shoot super-8 films. In 1981 and 1982 Scheirl assists in Arleen Schloss' regular performance event "Wednesdays at A's" in New York City. Scheirl also does her/his own performances. In 1996 Scheirl takes on a transgender identity with the forename Hans. Until 1998 Scheirl makes more than 50 films in different formats, all of which challenge, in a performative way, traditional norms of sexuality and gender identity. Best known are the two feature films Flaming Ears (1991), co-directed with Ursula Pürrer and Dietmar Schipek, and Dandy Dust (1998). Scheirl lived in London for 16 years where (s)he completed an M.A. course in Fine Arts at Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2003. Since 2006 Scheirl is professor for "Contextual Painting" at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, there (s)he promotes the “trans” concept.
Garry Shead (born in 1942 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian painter, printmaker, cartoonist, photographer and filmmaker. Shead grew up in the suburbs of Australia and throughout his education, he won the art prize each year and was consequently admitted to the National Art School (NAS) in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst in 1961. Following his studies, Shead became a scenic artist with ABC TV before staging his first solo exhibition with Watters Gallery in 1966.
Shead won multiple prizes, including: the 1993 Archibald Prize, the Young Contemporaries Prize in 1967 and the 2004 Dobell Prize for Drawing. After winning the prize in 1967, he travelled to Japan and then embarked on an expedition to the Sepik Highlands in Papua New Guinea. He then became an Artist-in-Residence in 1972 at the Power Studio, Cité Des Arts, Paris. Between 1981 and 1982, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France where he met his late wife, the Hungarian sculptor Judit Englert.
After living in Budapest for a year and travelling all across Europe, he and his wife settled down in Australia, on the small coastal community of Bundeena, south of Sydney.
Dr. Sasha Griffin, Shead’s biographer describes his paintings as highlighting ‘a distinctive love of the Australian landscape’. Shead’s admiration for the Australian landscape is evident in his Stockman series (late 1980s), his ‘gently satirical’ Monarchy suite of paintings, and most significantly in his famous D.H. Lawrence series.
Jeff Scher (born on December 24th, 1954) is a New York-based filmmaker, animator and painter. In 1976, Scher graduated from Bard College. His works are in permanent collections across the globe, such as: the Museum of Modern Art, Academy Film Archives, Hirshoom Museum, Pompidou Centre, Musée d’Art Moderne, Vienne Kunsthalle and the Austrian National Archive.
His most well-known works are ‘Prisoners of Inertia’ (1989), ‘Yours’ (1998) and ‘Milk of Amnesia’ (1992).
He has created and directed commercials for HBO, HBO Family, PBS, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Ameritek, International Film Festival and the Sundance Channel.
He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Bonnie Siegler and their two children.
Trained as a graphic artist and a painter, Paul SHARITS became an avant-garde filmmaker noted for manipulating the film stock itself to create a variety of fascinating, abstract light and colorplays when projected on the screen. Fans hail the effects hallucinogenic, while his detractors find them garish. Sharits is also known for establishing experimental film groups at prominent universities, including one at the University of Indiana where he studied. He later taught and developed an undergraduate film program at Antioch College. Between 1973 and 1992, Sharits taught at the Center for Media Study at the State University of New York. His films can be seen in various U.S. and European museums, film centers, and libraries. Much of his work can be found in the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.
Guy Sherwin (born in 1948) studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s. Most of his film works include live elements, which interact with light, time and sounds as the fundamentals of cinema. His recent works include multi-screen projections, gallery installations and collaborations with Lynn Loo.
Sherwin became a professor in the mid-70s and taught printing and processing at the London Filmmaker’s Co-op (now LUX). His films have been widely exhibited in England and abroad, as part of ‘Film as Film’ Hayward Gallery 1979, ‘Live in Your Head’, Whitechapel Gallery 2000, ‘Shoot Shoot Shoot’ Tate Modern 2002, ‘A Century of Artists’ Film & Video’ Tate Britain 2003/2004; also shown on BBC2, Channel 4 and Arte TV France. His solo shows include San Francisco Cinematheque, LUX London, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Image Forum Tokyo. He had the privilege of being the guest curator of ‘Film in Space’ an exhibition of expanded cinema at Camden Arts Centre London 2012/2013.
He currently lives in London and teaches at Middlesex University, the University of Wolverhampton and occasionally at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Michael Snow is a contemporary Canadian artist, born in 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. M.Snow is a filmmaker, videomaker, photographer, sculptor, painter, piano player and composer. He's one of the major figures in the contemporary art world of the last half-century in Canada. First, in the 50's, he studies painting and sculpture. The artist finds himself in between of figuratif and abstraction. He also works in George Dunning's animation studios. His first film A to Z was projected in 1956. In the 60's, Michael Snow goes to live to New York. He makes his series Walking Woman and uses it everythere, until the subject is fulfilled in the form of photography album Four to Five, published in 1964. Three years later, his film Wavelength is awarded the Grand Prix of the fourth International Experimental Cinema Festival of Knokke-le-Zoute (Belgium). Here are some of Michael Snow's best known films: <-> (1969, AKA Back and Forth), La région centrale (1971), "Rameau's Nephew" by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Shoen (1974), Presents (1981).
Jean-Marie Straub (born on January 8th, 1933 in Metz, France) is a French director, editor and producer, known for ‘The Chronicle of Anna-Magdanela Bach’ (1968), ‘Class Relations’ (1984) and ‘Sicilia!’ (1999).
He was responsible for the film-clubs in his hometown of Metz in the early 1950s before going to Paris and after having finished his studies in Alsace-Lorraine. In 1954, he met his future wife and main collaborator Danièle Huillet. He wrote articles for ‘Radio-Cinéma-Television’ and worked as an assistant-intern for a variety of film, including: ‘La Tour de Nesle d’Abel Gance’, ‘Elena and Her Men’ by Jean Renoir, ‘A Man Escaped’ by Robert Bresson and ‘Fool’s Mate’ by Jacques Rivette.
In 1963, he co-produced his first short-length film, ‘Machorka-Muff’. Similarly to his first feature, ‘Not Reconciled’, Straub and Huillet question the survival of nazisme in postwar Germany. The two films were inspired by Heinrich Böll’s writings.
Along with Danièle Huillet, Straub imposed a particular system of production. Both directed, wrote and produced their own films in order to maintain their creative independence. In 1967, the couple pioneered a new kind of cinema with their film ‘The Chronicle of Anna-Magdalena Bach’, which puts into question the narrative scheme and traditional esthetic.
Jan Svankmajer (born September 4th,1934 in Prague, Czech Republic) is a Surrealist director, writer, production designer, animator and puppeteer. He is mostly known for his dark adaptations of well-known fairy tales as well as his avant-garde use of three-dimensional stop-motion coupled with live-action animations.
In the 1950s, Svankmajer focused on theatre and puppetry. From 1950 to 1954, he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Prague before enrolling in the puppetry department at the Academy of the Performing Arts. Once he completed his studies, he started working as a theatre director, mainly in association with the Theater of Masks and the Black Theatre. His experimentation with film-making began after he became involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague’s Lanterna Magika Theatre.
He began making short films in 1964, and continued working in the same medium for over twenty years. During this time, he achieved his long-held ambition of making a feature film based on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (Alice (1988)). He has additionally exhibited drawings, collages and ‘tactile sculpture’, which were mostly produced in the mid-1970s, where he was momentarily banned from filmmaking from the Czech authorities. Furthermore, he has been part of the Prague Surrealist Group since 1969.
Nelson Sullivan was a video artist in New York City during the 1980s. He was ubiquitous on the downtown scene during that decade.
Marcelle Thirache (born in 1946 in Ivry-Sur-Seine) began her work with photography and exhibits her work as early as 1978. Marguerite Duras’s work with the dissociation between sounds and images and Germaine Dulac’s films sparked an interest in Thirache and lead her to choose filming in Super 8 in 1982. Five years later, she showed her work to Yann Beauvais and Miles McKane. In 1984, she started hand painting directly on a Super 8 filmstrip and then started classical painting in 1999, in order to complete this cinematographic practice.
Moira Tierney is a filmmaker, graduated from University College Dublin with a BA and a Master in Fine Arts from l'Ecole nationale d'arts de Cergy-Pontoise in Paris. In 1998, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to Anthology Film Archives in New York. In 2000, Moira Tierney's films were part of the American Avant-garde cinema program in Moscow. Her American Dreams #3 was listed as one of the best films of the year 2003 by the 5th Annual Village Voice Film Critics Poll. Moira Tierney shoots in super-8 or 16mm films. Here are some of her best known movies: American Dreams 1-4, Are We There Yet?, Liberty Kids, Radio Haiti (2001), You Can't Keep a Good Snake Down (2000).
Tscherkassky was born in 1958 in Vienna. From 1977 to 1979, he studied journalism and political science at the University of Vienna. In January 1978 he attended a five-day lecture series by P. Adams Sitney at the Austrian Film Museum : this was his first encounter with avant-garde film. In 1979, he began studying philosophy at the Free University Berlin and at the University of Vienna. He then acquired a Super-8 equipment and in December 1979, started the shooting of Kreuzritter. He would go to the cinema “Arsenal“ for the weekly program, usually compiled by Alf Bold. At the same time, he was keen on music of the 20th century (John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, John Zorn and many others), and especially in contemporary electronic music (Pierre Henry, Bernard Parmegiani, Michel Chion, etc.). From 1989 to 2002, he taught artistic filmmaking at the Linz University of Arts and Industrial Design. Since 1998 he teaches “Audiovisual Communication/Film” at the Vienna University of Applied Art. The common point of his diverse production dwells in the structural critic of the conventions that rule narrative cinema.
A selection of animated films by Jeff Scher.
Limited, numbered, signed edition of 32 DVDs, accompanied by 3 photographs Super-8, 2010, b&w, sound, 10min loop
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.
Small edition print of an essay by Nicky Hamlin
DVD Experiments in Terror a compilation of abstract & experimental horror films
A pop sci-fi lesbian, fantasy feature set in the year 2700 by Ursula Pürrer and Hans Scheirl.
40 films by Fluxus artists, including Nam June Paik, George Maciunias, Yoko Ono, Paul Sharits, et al. For orders destined for institutional use in North America, please contact GARTENBERG MEDIA.