Program Faculty

Lee Anne Schmitt

Lee Anne Schmitt is a Los Angeles based filmmaker interested in political thought, personal experience and the land.  Much of her work revolves around landscape, objects and the traces of political systems left upon them.  Her projects have addressed American Exceptionalism, the logic of utility and labor, gestures of kindness and refusal, racial violence, cowboyism and the efficacy of solitude.  She has exhibited widely at venues that include MoMA NY, the Getty Museum, RedCat Theater, Northwest Film Society, Centre Pompidou, festivals such as Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, BAFICI and FID Marseilles and a recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation (2017), Creative Capital (2015) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018).  There have been retrospectives of her work at the Viennale (Austria), Northwest Film Center (USA), Pesaro Film Festival (Italy) and Frontiera Film Festival (Brazil)She is currently working on a series of films using personal objects to explore how trauma affects narrative structures.