Nina Menkes

Producer/Director
Menkesfilm
Participates in 1 Session

Called “Brilliant, one of the most provocative artists in film today” by The Los Angeles Times, and a “Cinematic Sorceress of the Self” by the New York Times, Nina Menkes’s films synthesize interior dream-worlds with harsh, outer realities.

 Considered one of  America’s foremost independent filmmakers, Menkes has shown widely in major international film festivals including the Berlinale, Cannes (ACID), Rotterdam, Locarno, and Toronto, as well as at La Cinematheque Francaise, The British Film Institute, the Whitney Museum of American Art and MOMA in New York City. Menkes also premiered her work at Sundance four times--three feature films and one new media work (QUEEN OF DIAMONDS 1990/THE BLOODY CHILD 1996/ THE CRAZY BLOODY FEMALE CENTER 2000/PHANTOM LOVE 2007). "QUEEN OF DIAMONDS" is being restored by Scorsese's Film Foundation in collaboration with the Academy Film Archives.

 Menkes’s honors include a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for “Best Independent/Experimental Film” for her first feature MAGDALENA VIRAGA(1986), made while she was a student at the UCLA Film School; a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an AFI Independent Filmmaker Award, a Creative Capital Award and an International Critic’s Award (FIPRESCI Prize) for the feature documentary MASSAKER which premiered at the Berlinale in 2005.  She has had full career retrospectives in Berlin, Prague, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Athens, Greece, as part of the Viennale in Vienna, Austria and at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer in 2012 to coincide with the release of her Hebrew and Arabic language feature DISSOLUTION,  which won “Best Drama” at the Jerusalem Int’l Film Festival and was described by the New York Times as “Exquisite and remarkable.”

In 2011, THE BLOODY CHILD was named one of the most important films of the past 50 years by the Viennale International Film Festival, Austria. 

 Most recently Menkes has been touring with her cinematic talk “Sex and Power; The Visual Language of Oppression”, which was presented at Sundance and Cannes 2018.

 Menkes holds an MFA in Film Production from UCLA, is a two-time Fulbright Fellow to the Middle East and is currently a member of the film faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

Sessions in which Nina Menkes participates

Wednesday September 26, 2018

3:30 PM
3:30 PM