Ben Russell (France/USA) is a multi-disciplinary artist, filmmaker, and curator working in avant-garde cinema, live performance, installation, painting, photography, and other media. He received his BA in Semiotics from Brown University in 1998 before joining the Peace Corps. In 2003, he completed his MFA in Film and Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His formal investigations into the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, visual anthropology, and structuralist filmmaking have resulted in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship, and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.” Russell has made more than 30 short and feature-length films, which have screened at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sundance, Toronto, New York and Rotterdam Film Festivals, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale, Museum of Modern Art, a 14th century Belgian monastery, a police station basement, and a 17th century East Indian Trading Company building. Russell won Media City Film Festival’s Grand Prize for his short film River Rites (2011). His third feature, Good Luck (2017) was voted the Best Experimental Film of 2017 by the National Society of Film Critics. It premiered at Locarno Film Festival and was exhibited as an installation at documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. Russell is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008), and Princess Grace Awards and grants (2002, 2010, 2019). He is currently based in Marseille, France.
SELECTED FILMS BY BEN RUSSELL
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Portraits (Good Luck), 48 min, 2017; Trypps #7 (Badlands), 10 min, 2010; Atlantis, 23.5 min, 2014