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Janie Geiser

location: Los Angeles, California

“Geiser shares with filmmakers such as Jan Svankmajer the rare ability to make children’s toys and seemingly innocent objects … resonate with the most unsettling, arcane, and adult fears.  Better still, Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.”  (Holly Willis, Res, 2004)

News! JANIE GEISER  awarded a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award.

Janie Geiser is an internationally recognized visual/theater artist and experimental filmmaker, whose work is known for its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects, its sense of mystery, and its strength of design. One of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, Geiser creates innovative, hypnotic works that integrate a singular visual aesthetic, puppets, film/video  and performing objects.  Geiser has been recognized with an a Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award, and funding the Rockefeller Foundation, the Henson Foundation, Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, MAPfund, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a 2011 Fellowship for Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation. 

Geiser’s films have been screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, Pacific Film Archives, the Centre Pompidou, the Salzberg Museum, San Francisco MOMA, LACMA, and at 9 New York Film Festivals, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the London International Film Festival, and more. Geiser’s films are in the permanent collection of MOMA, and her film The Red Book was selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian's National Film Registry. 

For links to recent films and performance excerpts, click here.





RICKY, 2011
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Digital Video, 11 minutes (2011)

The realms of childhood, war, and loss echo through Ricky.  Double vision illuminates, and simultaneously obfuscates, what can be remembered, lost, or retrieved. A found sound recording forms the spine of the film...a scratched audio letter from father to son.

Previous screenings: 2011 New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant Garde, 2011 London International Film Festival “Experimenta”, 2011 Redcat, 2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival, others...