The works of Maya Deren are hugely influential touchstones for experimental cinema, frequently cited and studied. In 1986 the American Film Institute created the Maya Deren Award to support independent film and video makers, recognizing the effort of Deren's lifetime. For a woman who was to transform film, it is fitting that Maya Deren was born in Russia in 1917, during the birth of the Revolution. Deren wrote numerous articles on film and on Haiti. Maya Deren. The dynamic, relentless and volatile nature of Maya Deren’s character, career, life, work and sudden early death at the age of 44 in 1961, inextricably colour the complex and contradictory legend of a pioneer of avant-garde filmmaking and feminist inspiration. Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer, and photographer. Indeed, she continues to inspire a wide range of artists, from filmmakers to visual artists and musicians.

maya deren February 9, 2015 Shqiponja Miftari Leave a comment Maya Deren was a renowned experimental filmmaker who believed the main objective of art was to create new realities to add onto the already accepted ones. While Gregory Bateson’s oblivious use of film technology was making him the object of cinema-trance unwillingly, Maya Deren, a pioneer of American experimental film, is going the opposite way: as a levelheaded machinist, she first appropriates the technological functions of film, only to take her leave as often as possible in a kind of cinema-sleep. The 1979 second edition of P. Adams Sitney’s Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde suggests, with “Meshes of the Afternoon” a comparative analysis of Deren’s 1943 film Meshes of the Afternoon and the 1928 Bunuel/Dali film Un Chien Andalou, that Maya Deren has an established place in the avant-garde cinema. Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleonora Derenkowska (Ukrainian: Елеоно́ра Деренко́вська), was a Ukrainian-born American experimental filmmaker and important promoter of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Film icon Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s short, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) creates a dreamlike sequence, playing with non-linear temporal narratives. Born Eleanora Derenkowsky in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 29, 1917, the only child of Marie (Fiedler) and Solomon David Derenkowsky, … Avant-garde film is often produced in the context of the larger art world, particularly in relation to the visual arts and literature. Berkeley: University of … Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel Duchamp, she is best known for her seminal film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), a dream-like experiment with time and symbol, looped narrative and provocative imagery, … Nichols, Bill. Firmly grounded in film theory and an appreciation of Deren’s work, this book takes a long-overdue academic approach to Deren’s complex theories, and is essential for anyone studying Maya Deren as a film theorist. When she was born in Kiev in 1917 her mother named her Eleanora after the Italian actress Eleanora Duse.