Jesse Lerner

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Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles. His documentaries include Frontierland (with Rubén Ortiz Torres), about the blurred Latino experience in the United States;[1] Ruins (about the history of Mexican archeology and the traffic in fakes), The Atomic Sublime (about Abstract Expressionism and the Cold War), The Absent Stone (with Sandra Rozental, about the monolith of Coatlinchan) and The American Egypt (about the Mexican Revolution in Yucatán). He directed the short films Magnavoz, T.S.H., and Natives (with Scott Sterling). His films were on display at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art (2004, 2000, 1996, 1992), the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2011), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2005, 1999), and the Aztlán Today exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.[2] These films were featured at mid-career surveys at the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Cineteca Nacional (Mexico City), Anthology Film Archives (New York City), and the Churubusco Studios (Mexico City). His books include F is for Phony (with Alexandra Juhasz), a survey of faked documentaries,[3] The Shock of Modernity, The Maya of Modernism, Ism Ism Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (with Luciano Piazza), The Catherwood Project, How to Read el Pato Pascual (with Rubén Ortiz Torres), L.A. Collects L.A., and The Mexperimental Cinema (with Rita Gonzalez). He has also curated film and photography exhibitions at the National Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Robert Flaherty Seminar.


  1. ^ Mark Chalon Smith (June 7, 1996). "Blurred Perceptions Seein in Sharp Focus". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2008.
  2. ^ Holland Cotter (June 8, 2001). "Art From Chicano Roots to a New Ambiguity". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing". Cineaste. June 22, 2007. Retrieved March 10, 2008.

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