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Deren in her film Meshes of the Afternoon.

Maya Deren

Dates active

1943-1959

Gender:

Female

Awards/Recognition

ACL Ten Best 1945 - Honorable Mention Special Class
Cannes International Amateur Film Festival 1947 - Premier Grand Prize for Best Film

Films:

Meshes of the Afternoon


Profession

Filmmaker

Biographical Notes

"Maya Deren (American, 1917–1961) was a visionary of American experimental film in the 1940s and 1950s. A precocious student, she studied poetry and literature at New York University and Smith College, where she became interested in the arts. While working for modern-dance choreographer Katherine Dunham, Deren met her future husband, filmmaker Alexander Hammid, who introduced her to European avant-garde film. In 1943, the couple collaborated on the short film Meshes of the Afternoon, which has since become one of the most widely influential films of the American experimental-film movement" The Museum of Modern Art.

Bibliographic Resources

"Maya Deren's Legacy." The Museum of Modern Art online.
Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film by Maya Deren, McPherson & Company, 2005.