Cathy Lee Crane

Cathy Lee Crane has been making experimental narrative films on 16mm since 1994. She received the 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film for her lyrical re-combinations of archival and staged material. Her films have been broadcast on European television and have won numerous festival awards including Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Cork 1996), Best Experimental Film (CSU Media Arts 1997), the Certificate of Merit/New Visions (San Francisco International 2002), and Best Narrative Film (UFVA Juried Screening 2006). In addition to her work in 16mm, she has produced an experimental biography Unoccupied Zone: The Impossible Life of Simone Weil (2006), contributed the video Meal (2002) to the Rosenblatt/Zahedi compilation Underground Zero, co?edited the volume (1968): Episodes of Cultures in Contest published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008), and curated numerous film programs including Queer Innovators for the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. She has also collaborated as projection designer and cinematographer for Joanna Haigood, Harun Farocki, and Strom/ Carlson. She is currently completing a feature-length experimental biography on Pier Paolo Pasolini which received a 2010 grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca College.



"The best experiences are often unanticipated, and definitely unhyped. In our age of marketing bloat, with everybody and their coporation trying to brand themselves indelibly upon humanity's collective brain, it is rare to experience art without expectations. Crane's gorgeously photographed film poems made me realize anew the beauty of black-and-white deep-focus photography."
- V.Vale, RE/Search

"Lush, meditative films that eschew stylistic and narrative convention." - Huisman, TimeOut New York

"Cathy Lee Crane is one the most interesting younger filmmakers in the tradition of the avant-garde working in the United States today. Her films succeed in developing within a feminist perspective a very personal poetics." - Noel Burch, Paris