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Irene Lusztig

Professor, Film & Digital Media
Director, Center for Documentary Arts & Research (CDAR)
Head of Undergraduate Production
Research Interests: 

archives and archival practices; feminist filmmaking; experimental documentary; intersections of personal, collective, and historical memory; feminist historiography; nuclear cultures; essay filmmaking; scientific and medical film; Communism and post-communism; the body.

Phone: 
email only
Office: 111 Communications
Selected Publications: 

Contents Inventory, 31 min. film, 2021

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.

Honors and Awards: 
MacDowell Fellow, 2006 and 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, 2021 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, 2018 Fulbright Fellow (Portugal), 2017 Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow, 2010-11
Education and Training: 
M.F.A., Bard College
B.A., Harvard University
Biography: 
IRENE LUSZTIG is a feminist filmmaker, archival researcher, educator, and amateur seamstress. Her film and video work mines old images for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, and reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Beginning with rigorous research in archives, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present day, inviting viewers to contemplate questions of politics, ideology, and the production of personal, collective, and national memories. She is invested in expanding the form of artful nonfiction through her lyrical use of archival images, her commitment to listening-centered and collaborative cinematic approaches, patient durational shooting, and open-ended, associative editing where the viewer is encouraged to make connections between past and present. She is the solo director, producer, DP, and editor of three acclaimed feature length documentaries that have screened widely in festivals and are distributed by Women Make Movies: her debut film Reconstruction (2001), the feature length archival film essay The Motherhood Archives (2013), and the performative documentary 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, BFI London Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, DocLisboa, and RIDM Montréal.
Teaching Interests: 

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