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Fern Silva

Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal), is an artist who began working as an editor and cameraman in New York. While his early films addressed his relationship with Portugal, he later broadened his focus to highlight the influence of industry on culture and the environment on a global level. For more than a decade, his 16mm …

Groupe Dziga Vertov

The Dziga Vertov Group is a film collective founded in 1968 by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin to produce militant films with a Maoist orientation. The name of the collective refers to the Soviet director Dziga Vertov (1896-1954), but it is also influenced by the ideas of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956). All the films are signed …

Raya Martin

Raya Martin is a graduate of the Film Institute of the University of the Philippines. He directed his first feature film in 2004, entitled Bakasyo. He presented his third feature film A Short Film about the Indio Nacional in 2006 at the Festival des trois continents in Nantes. He then shot the films Manila and …

Franssou Prenant

Franssou Prenant was born in 1952. The filmmaker working mainly in Super-8 has directed L’Escale de Guinée (1987), Paris, mon petit corps est bien las de ce grand monde (2000) and Sous le ciel lumineux de son pays natal (2002). She has also worked as a scriptwriter, actress and editor for Raymond Depardon, Romain Goupil …

Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujirō Ozu (1903 –1963) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He began his career during the era of silent films, and his last films were made in colour in the early 1960s. Ozu first made a number of short comedies, before turning to more serious themes in the 1930s. The most prominent themes of …

Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks (1896 – 1977) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. A versatile film director, he explored many genres such as comedies, dramas, gangster films, science fiction, film noir, war films and westerns. His most popular films include Scarface (1932), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings …

Jean-Marie Straub

Jean-Marie Straub, born in 1933 and died in 2022, is a French filmmaker. Interested quickly in the cinema, in the 1950s he was involved in film clubs in his hometown of Metz, before moving to Paris. In 1954 he met Danièle Huillet, his wife and constant companion, with whom he co-directed most of his films. …

Danièle Huillet

Danièle Huillet is a French filmmaker born in Paris in 1936 and died in 2006. With her husband, Jean-Marie Straub, she directed her first short film Machorka-Muff in 1963. Thereafter, they directed all their films together until Huillet’s death. Rare in the film industry, these two who define themselves as “artisans of cinema” hold their …

David W. Griffith

David Wark Griffith (1875 Crestwood – 1948 Hollywood), better known as D. W. Griffith, was an American film director. A prolific director, he made about four hundred short films in five years, from 1908 to 1913, and had made the first American blockbusters from 1914. He developed scriptwriting to allow for increasingly longer films. In …

Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers, born in 1972, is a British artist who has won awards for his films in numerous festivals. Most notably, he won the Grand Prix at Art Basel for his film Sack Barrow and was selected for the Venice Film Festival in official competition for Two Years at Sea in 2011. In 2013, he was …

Ben Russell

Ben Russell is an American artist born in 1976. His cinema (more than twenty-five short films and two feature films), in filiation with the cinema of Jean Rouch, integrates ethnographic elements and critical theories. Russell, through his art (performances, installations and cinema), explores the history and semiology of the moving image and designates his work …

Antoine d’Agata

Antoine d’Agata, born in Marseille in 1961, left France in 1983 for ten years. While in New York in 1990, he enrolled at the International Centre of Photography where he studied with Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. In 1993, he returns to France and interrupts his work as a photographer for four years. In 1998, …