Bill Brand (film artist)
Bill Brand in 2011
Rochester, New York
|Occupation||Experimental film and video artist, educator, activist, film preservationist|
Life and career
Brand's films and videos were first shown at Anthology Film Archives in New York City in 1973. They have since been screened in the United States and around the world in museums, independent film showcases, colleges and universities, and on television. They have been featured at major film festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival.
In 1980 Brand completed a permanent public art project, Masstransiscope, a mural installed in the subway tunnel of New York City that is animated by the movement of passing trains. Masstransiscope was awarded a certificate of merit by the New York City Municipal Art Society in 1982. In disrepair for over 20 years, Masstransiscope was restored in 2008 and brought into the permanent collection of the MTA Arts for Transit program. The piece was named among the top 40 public art works in America for 2009 by the Public Art Network.
Academic and commercial service
Brand lives in New York City and is professor of film and photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He also teaches film preservation at Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program at Tisch School of the Arts. Since 1976, he has operated BB Optics, an optical printing service specializing in 8 mm blow-ups and archival preservation for independent filmmakers, libraries, museums and archives. In 2006, he was named an Anthology Film Archives film preservation honoree and given a month-long retrospective to celebrate BB Optics' 30th anniversary.
In film books
The work of Brand is discussed in histories of cinema including the books They Must Be Represented (1996) by Paula Rabinowitz, Documentary, A History of the Non-Fiction Film, (1992) by Erik Barnouw, Allegories of Cinema, (1990) by David James and in a chapter by Robin Blaetz titled Avant-Garde Cinema of the Seventies in Lost Illusions, American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam 1970–1979 by David Cook.
In the press
Brand's work has also been written about in news and journal articles by Janet Maslin, Paul Arthur, J. Hoberman, B. Ruby Rich, Noël Carroll, Brian Frye and Randy Kennedy among others.
- Menken, Robin (October 5, 2011). "LA Filmforum Presents: filmmaker Bill Brand, May 15". Cinema Without Borders. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
- Masstransiscope in "The New York Times"
- The Newly Vandalized Masstransiscope
- on YouTube
- "Bill Brand, Film and Video Artist". BB Optics. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
- "Documentary", Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. 333
- Lost Illusions, History of the American Cinema, Volume 9, University of California Press, 2000, p. 469
- "Problems of Homelessness: The Individual Stories", The New York Times, March 22, 1991
- Cineaste, Voll XIII, No 3, Fall, 1991
- Premiere, March, 1991; Voice, April 3, 1983; Voice, June 19, 1984
- "What You See Is What You Get", Reader, March 16, 1979, Chicago
- "Avant garde Film and Film Theory", Millennium Film Journal, No. 4/5, Fall/Summer, 1979
- The Accidental Preservationist: an Interview with Bill Brand, Film History, Vol. 15- 2, 2003
- "Attention Passengers! To Your Right, This Trip Is About to Become Trippy," The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2009
- Paula Rabinowitz. They Must Be Represented (1996) ISBN 978-1-85984-025-2
- Erik Barnouw. Documentary, A History of the Non-Fiction Film, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. 333. ISBN 978-0-19-507898-5
- David James. Allegories of Cinema, 1989. ISBN 978-0-691-00604-8
- Robin Blaetz. Avant-Garde Cinema of the Seventies in Lost Illusions, American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam 1970–1979 by David Cook, Volume 9, University of California Press, 2002, p. 469. ISBN 978-0-520-23265-5
- Bill Brand's website
- Bill Brand at the Internet Movie Database
- Bill Brand, professor at Hampshire College
- Masstransiscope blog
- Masstransiscope in "The New York Times"
- Masstransiscope New York City Transit
- Bill Brand at the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program
- Book Results You Can't Refuse: Celebrating 30 Years of BB Optics