Irene Lusztig

Associate Professor, Film & Digital Media
Director, Center for Documentary Arts & Research (CDAR)
archives and archival practices; feminist filmmaking; experimental documentary; intersections of personal, collective, and historical memory; feminist historiography; essay filmmaking; scientific and medical film; post-communism
Phone: 831-459-2181
Fax: 831-459-1341
Office: 111 Communications
IRENE LUSZTIG is a filmmaker, visual artist, and archival researcher. Her film and video work mines old images, technologies, and objects for new meanings in order to reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Often beginning with rigorous research in archives, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present day, inviting viewers to explore historical spaces as a way to contemplate larger questions of politics, ideology, and the production of personal, collective, and national memories. Much of her work is centered on public feminism, language, and histories of women and women’s bodies, including her debut feature Reconstruction (2001), the feature length archival film essay The Motherhood Archives (2013), the ongoing web-based Worry Box Project (2011), and her newest performative documentary feature Yours in Sisterhood (2018). Her work has been screened around the world, including at the Berlinale, MoMA, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty NYC, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and RIDM Montréal, and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, LEF Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and Sustainable Arts Foundation and has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Harvard’s Film Study Center. She was the 2016-17 recipient of a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Portugal.
Education and Training: 
M.F.A., Bard College
B.A., Harvard University
Research Interests: 

archives and archival practices, feminist filmmaking, feminist historiography, essay film, scientific and medical film

Selected Publications: 

Yours in Sisterhood, 101 min. film, 2018, distributed by Women Make Movies

Forty Years, 12 min. video 2016

Maternity Test, 14 min. video loop for gallery, New Maternalisms Chile 2014

The Motherhood Archives in Triple Canopy, companion interactive audiovisual essay, 2014

The Motherhood Archives, 2013, 91 min film, distributed by Women Make Movies.

The Worry Box Project, 20011-ongoing, web-based participatory archive and video installation.

The Samantha Smith Project, 2005, 59 min film.

Reconstruction, 2001, 90 min film, distributed by Women Make Movies

For Beijing with Love and Squalor, 1997, 59 min film.

Teaching Interests: 

film and video production, experimental documentary, feminist film practices, representing historical memory, audiovisual ethnography, autobiographical film, editing.