Rebecca Baron

Rebecca Baron

I have been making film since the mid-1990’s, exploring the possibilities of cinematic form and the specific qualities of analog and digital media. I am particularly interested in ideas about truth-telling and evidence as they are related to the construction of history. My work explores the politics of archives and still photography’s relationship to the moving image. In collaboration with artist Doug Goodwin, I have most recently been investigating the role of AI, machine learning and database design in relation to cinematic expression.

My films have screened widely at international film festivals and media venues including Documenta 12, New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archive, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Viennale, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty Film Seminar and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Major grants and fellowships include a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2007 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a City of Paris Artist Fellowship. In 2010, the Austrian Film Museum presented a retrospective of my work.

I have been on the faculty since 2000 and the Director of the Program in Film and Video since 2019. I have also taught documentary and experimental film at Massachusetts College of Art, Harvard University and EICTV Cuba. Courses include the Essay Film, Fieldwork in the Virtual Field, Artists and Archives, Art and Anthropology, Documentary Production, Imagining the Real, Cinematic Voices, Graduate Critique, Undergraduate Critique, and Film Production Workshop.

I serve on the advisory boards of the Millennium Film Journal and the Film Study Center at Harvard University.  I am also a film programmer whose series include Mur Murs (REDCAT Los Angeles), @SEA (Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles) Two Journeys (various venues in Los Angeles and Vienna) and the International Student Moving Image Showcase (Saatchi Gallery, London). I have recently joined the programming team for 2220 Arts and Archives, Los Angeles.

BA in Art-Semiotics Brown University 
MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego