Abigail Child (USA) is a filmmaker, poet, and writer who has been active in experimental writing and media since 1970. She was born in Newark, New Jersey and graduated with a degree in history and literature from Harvard University in 1968. Child has completed more than 60 films since the 1970s. Her work often involves intimate collaborations with poets Monica de la Torre (To and No Fro, 2005), Gary Sullivan (Mirror World, 2006), and Adeena Karasick (Salomé, 2014), as well as with notable downtown composers including John Zorn (The Future Is Behind You, 2004), Ikue Mori (B/side,1996 and 8 Million, 1993), Zeena Parkins (Unbound, 2013 and Mayhem, 1987), Christian Marclay (Mayhem, 1987 and Surface Noise, 2000) and Andrea Parkins (Vis A Vis, 2014 and Acts and Intermissions, 2017). Child's work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, Centre George Pompidou, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Museo Reina Sofia, Pacific Film Archives, and six previous editions of Media City Film Festival, including a retrospective in 2004. She is the recipient of a Rome Prize, and Radcliffe, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, and has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Jerome Foundation grants. Child has written six books and numerous poetry chapbooks. In THIS IS CALLED MOVING: A Critical Poetics of Film (2005) Child draws on her long career as a practicing poet as well as a filmmaker to explore how these two language systems inform and cross-fertilize her work. Her book of poetry MOUTH TO MOUTH (2016) was awarded a Lambda Prize (2017). She lives and works in New York City.
MUTINY BY ABIGAIL CHILD
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Mutiny, 11 min, 1983