Irene Lusztig

Associate Professor, Film & Digital Media
Arts Dean's Research Professor
Director, Center for Documentary Arts & Research (CDAR)
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IRENE LUSZTIG is an internationally-exhibited, award-winning filmmaker, media archeologist, and visual artist. While her creative work extends across a range of moving image forms (long form cinema essay, web-based interactive projects, and–most recently–video for gallery and museum exhibition), in all of her work she maintains a strong connection to feminist historiography and archival practices, an investment in rigorous and sustained interdisciplinary research into her subject of inquiry, and a conviction that filmmaking itself can constitute a profound act of reframing, recuperating, and reanimating forgotten or neglected histories. Born in England to Romanian parents, Irene grew up in Boston and has lived in France, Italy, Romania, China, and Russia. She received her BA in filmmaking and Chinese studies from Harvard and completed her MFA in film and video at Bard College. Her debut feature film, "Reconstruction" (2001) was recognized with a Boston Society of Film Critics Discovery award and won best documentary at the New England Film Festival. Her work has been screened around the world, including at MoMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, IDFA Amsterdam, 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 the Sustainable Arts Foundation and has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Harvard's Film Study Center. She is the recent recipient of a 2016 Rydell Fellowship for Visual Arts and a 2016-17 Fulbright Fellowship.
Education and Training: 
M.F.A., Bard College
B.A., Harvard University
Research Interests: 

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

Selected Publications: 

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.