Ben Russell (filmmaker)

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Ben Russell (born 1976) is an American experimental filmmaker. Russell developed his reputation over the numerous shorts he made throughout the 2000s, many as part of his "Trypps" series,[1] and as the curator of the Magic Lantern Cinema in Providence, Rhode Island.[2] In 2009, he made his acclaimed feature debut, Let Each One Go Where He May, shot in Suriname in a series of 13 long takes accomplished with a Steadicam.

Biography[edit]

Russell attended Brown University from 1994 to 1998, where he received a BA in art and semiotics.[3] It was during his last year at Brown that Russell became interested in filmmaking,[4] and shot his first film on 16mm. Afterwards, Russell traveled to Suriname with the Peace Corps.[5] The experience inspired many of his films, and the country ended up as the setting for his first feature-length work, Let Each One Go Where He May.[6] Early in his career, Russell befriended the English experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers and the two would later co-program a touring series of their work.[4]

He received an MFA in film and video from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.[3] Russell currently lives in Paris. Until 2011 he was assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Style[edit]

Russell's work has been described as drawing on elements of ethnography, early cinema and Surrealism[2][4][7][8] and some of his films have been compared to the work of the French documentary filmmaker Jean Rouch.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "breaking waves - artforum.com / film". Artforum.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Ben Russell: Profile of the Curator | Newcity Art". Art.newcity.com. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Ye Olde Curriculum Vitae". Dimeshow.com. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "The Lumičre Reader ť Film » Ben Russell on We Can Not Exist in This World Alone". Lumiere.net.nz. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Unfamiliar Ground: The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam". Archive.sensesofcinema.com. 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  6. ^ "taking place - artforum.com / film". Artforum.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Supposed Aura". Supposedaura.blogspot.com. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  8. ^ "corduroy magazine | New Rebel Cinema: Corduroy reports from Park City". Corduroymag.com. 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 

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