Fern Silva (Portugal/USA) is a Portuguese-American filmmaker who studied film at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College. He began working as an editor and camera operator in NYC in the early 2000s. Silva’s first films revolved around his relationship to Portugal and have since expanded, underlining the influence of industry on culture and the environment. For over a decade his work has screened widely in festivals, museums, and cinematheques internationally, including at six previous editions of Media City FIlm Festival; the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Melbourne, and Hong Kong Film Festivals; MOMA PS1; New Museum; Anthology Film Archive; Harvard Film Archive; and the Gene Siskel Film Center. He is the recipient of an Ann Arbor Film Festival Gus Van Sant Award, the Grand Prix from 25FPS Festival (Zagreb), and most recently, the Agora Post-Production Award from the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Silva’s work has been featured in publications including Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, and Film Comment. He has taught filmmaking at institutions, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bard, and Bennington College and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He was an MCFF Mobile Frames Filmmaker in Residence in 2015. His first feature Rock Bottom Riser had its World Premiere at the Berlinale (2021), and received a jury citation. Concurrent with his MCFF Chrysalis Fellowship, Silva is a fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University. He lives and works in Greece and the USA.
THREE FILMS FROM FERN SILVA
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder, 8.5 min, 2017; Wayward Fronds, 13 mins, 2014; The Watchmen, 10 mins, 2017