[Current as of 20 January 2006]

593 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles , California 90026
tel./fax: (213) 413-1333 or tel.: (909) 607-2636
e-mail: JesseLrn@gmail.com or Jesse_Lerner@pitzer.edu

Films and videos:

2004 T.S.H.
Director, editor and camera. 16 mm B & W, 6 minutes.
Distributed by www.art-action.org.

2001 The American Egypt
Director, editor and camera. 16 mm B & W and color, 57 minutes.
Distributed by Subcine.

1999 Ruins
Director, editor and camera. 16mm B & W, 78 minutes.
Distributed by Video Data Bank, Subcine and Third World Newsreel.

1997 Mexopolis
Co-director and camera, with ADOBE L.A. Super-8 color film, 11 minutes.

1995 Frontierland/Fronterilandia
Co-director, -editor, -camera and -sound, with Ruben Ortiz Torres. 16 mm, super-8 and high-8 video, B & W and color, 56 minute (broadcast) and 78 minute (film) versions. Distributed by the Independent Television Service, and Subcine.

1991 Natives
Co-director, -editor, -camera and -sound, with Scott Sterling. 16mm B & W, 25 minutes. Distributed by Filmakers Library, Subcine, Third World Newsreel.

1990 How Many Stars, How Many Stripes?
Co-director, -camera, -editor, and -sound, with Fernando Anguita. 16 mm, B & W, 10 minutes.


Selected screenings and exhibitions:

“The Backroom,” New Langton Arts and San Francisco Camerawork, (2006), “Surveying the Border,” Getty Museum, Los Angeles, (2005), “Passions and Images,” Galleria Lui Velazquez, Tijuana, (2005); “Southern Exposure,” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, (2005), “In The Air,” Guggenheim Museum, New York, (2005), “Excavations in Time,“ Cinema Project, Portland, OR (2005); The Backroom, Culver City, CA, (2005); The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, Denver, CO, (2005); “Libertad duradera, Aplican restricciones,” Museo de Arte Mexicano Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil and the Museo Universitario de las Ciencias y las Artes, Mexico City, (2005); Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos, Puebla, (2005); CineClub El Pochote, Oaxaca (2005, 2002); Kino Lichtwerk, Bielefeld, Germany, (2005); Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto, (2005); New York Underground Film Festival (2005, 2001); “Borderline,” Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2005); Athens International Film Festival (2005, 2002, 2000, 1996, 1993); Ann Arbor Film Festival, (2005, 2002, 1996, 1992) and tour (2005, 1992): Emerson College, Colby College, Kent State University, Cincinnati, Columbia College (Chicago), San Luis Obispo, Davis, Midland (Michigan), Olympia (Washington); “Premieres,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, (2004); "Time’s Shadow," Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA, (2004); Silver Lake Film Festival, Los Angeles (2004, 2000); "Contemporaries," RedCat Gallery/Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, (2004); "Uno, dos, tres por mi y todos mis compañeros," Centro Cultural España, (2004); San Diego Latino Film Festival, (2004); Les Jeudis Cinema Differents du Collectif, Paris (2004, 2002); “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin,” Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris (2004); Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, (2004); "The Other Cinema," Artists' Television Access, San Francisco (2004, 1999, 1996, 1995); Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, Canada (2004); Society for Cinema Studies, (2004); El Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, (2003); "The Inquiring Camera," Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA, (2003); "Maratón de Arte en Video," Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); Argos Film Festival, Brussels (2003); PochArte, Santa Ana, CA (2003); XicanIndie Film Festival, Denver, CO (2003, 2002, 2001); Muestra de Cine Mexicano, Guadalajara (2002); Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (2002); Berks Filmmakers, Reading, PA (2003, 2002); Festival Internacional de Cine Guanajuato, Mexico (2002); La Panadería, Mexico City (2002); "La Fórmula Secreta," Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2002); "Cowboys, Indians, Divas and Poets: A Revision of Mexican Mythologies," Americas Society, New York (2002); Chicago Filmmakers (2002); Full Frame/Double Take Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC (2002); "Urban Disco Cart," Garash Galería, Mexico City (2002); Cine Sol, Padre Island, Texas (2002); Todas Las Voces en Contra el Silencio, Centro Cultural Helénico, Mexico City (2002); Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City (2001); Festival Internacional de Cine de Catalunya SITGES, Barcelona, Spain (2001); “The Loft” New Media Art Space, Beijing (2001); “Small Windows,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2001); "The Road to Aztlan: Art from a Mythic Homeland," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and tour: Albuquerque Museum, NM, Austin Museum of Art and Texas Fine Art Association, Austin, TX (2001-02); Festival Regional Cine-Video-Sociedad, Mérida, Mexico (2002, 2001, 2000); Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver, B.C. (2001); McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA (2001); Festival de Cine Mesoamericano, Los Angeles (2001); Chicago Underground Film Festival (2001, 2000); University Student Union Theater, California State University Northridge (2001); Canoga Park Youth Arts Center, Canoga Park, CA (2001); La Peña del Pueblo, El Paso, TX (2001); Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT (2000); "New Documentaries," Museum of Modern Art, New York City (2000, 1996); Telluride Experimental Film Exposition, Telluride, CO (2001, 2000); South Dakota Museum of Art, Brookings, SD (2000); "Cine FuturAztlan: Festival de Cine con Protagonistas de la Inmigración," InSite 2000, Tijuana, Mexico (2000); Festival Internacional de Cine de la Ciudad de México (2000); "Fronteiras/Investigação," Instituto Itaú Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cineteca de Nuevo León, Monterey, Mexico, and tour (2000-2001); "True and False Together Again or The Ongoing Creation of the Historical Past," L.A. Freewaves, Side Street Projects and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, (2000); "The Border: Which Side Are you On?" Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA (2000); "Cosmopolitan History," Casa de la Moneda, Seville, Spain (2000); Harvard Film Archives, Cambridge, MA (2000); "Frames of Reference: Reflections on Media," Guggenheim Museum, New York (1999) and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (2000); "L.A. As Subject," Getty Research Institute (1999); Festival Americano de Cine y Video de Pueblos Indígenas, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (1999); "Some of these Stories are True," Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley (1999); "Aztlan Today: The Chicano Post-Nation," Bronx Museum of Art, Canal de Isabel II, Madrid and Salamanca (1999-2001); San Diego Cine-Club, San Diego Public Library (1999); Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR; "Nations, Pollinations and Dislocations: Changing Imaginary Borders in the Americas," Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver (1999); "Visible Evidence VII" UCLA Film and Television Archive (1999); International Film Series, Boulder, Colorado (1999); "The Third Eye," Art-in-General, New York City (1999); Los Angeles Filmforum (1999); Artists' Theater Workshop, Oakland (1999); "Twenty Questions: Person, Place or Thing?" Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach (1999); "Mexcelente: El Super Show de Puro Pop," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (1998); "Nuevas Tendencias de Cine Documental," Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City (1998); "Grenzerfahrung," Best Before, Vienna, Austria (1998); "A Sense of Place," Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, and Museo Extremeno y Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain (1998); Festival de Cultura Audiovisual, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City (1998); East Los Angeles Chicano/a Film Festival, Self-Help Graphics (1998); L.A. Freewaves, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998); San Antonio CineFesival, Texas (1999, 1998, 1996, 1992); "Disaster: Artists' Projects," Hollywood Department of Motor Vehicles (1998); "S(l)ideshow," Electric Shadows Film Festival and UCLA Film and Television Archive (1997); Super Super-8 Film Festival, Los Angeles (1997); "Observations Through the Viewfinder," Self-Help Graphics, East Los Angeles (1997); "Muestra de Video Independiente," Consejo para la Cultura de Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico (1997); 911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, Washington (1999, 1997, 1995); Oklahoma Film and DramaFest, Shawnee, Oklahoma (1997); El Centro Su Teatro, Denver (1997); "Boundaries: It All Happens at the Edge," San Francisco Exploratorium (1997); "The Art and Architecture of Los Angeles," Gammel Dok Dansk Arkitektur Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (1997); City College of New York (1997); Festival !Cine Latino!, San Francisco (1999, 1997, 1995); Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain (1997); Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas (1997); Spanish Kitchen Studios, Los Angeles (1997); Fenyirok Fastivalga, Budapest, Hungary (1997); "La Voz Latina": Museu da Imagem e do Som and Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Instituto Iberoamericano, Santiago de Chile; Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, San Martin Theater, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1997); screenings in conjunction with the exhibition "Tracing Cultures": Center for the Fine Arts, Miami; The Jewish Museum, New York; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; International Museum of Photography and Film, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; The Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (1995-97); screenings in conjunction with the exhibition "Distant Relations": Camden Arts Centre, London; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museo de Arte Mexicano Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (1995-96); Los Angeles International Film Festival, American Film Institute (1996, 1992); Muestra de Cine Festival Independiente de Madrid, Spain (1996); "New America, New Americans," Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City (1996); "Welcome to the Neighborhood," from "Public Space/Culture Wars," Free Speech TV, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities (1996); "Ciclo de Video y Cine Experimental," La Panaderia, Mexico City (1996); Huntington Beach Art Center, California (1998, 1996); "Progressive Propaganda," Art in General, New York City (1996); Muestra Internacional de Video, Instituto Chihuahuense de la Cultura, Chihuahua, Mexico (1996); Documental Film Series, Los Angeles (1996, 1995); Estudios Churubusco Azteca, Mexico City (1996); Swedish Institute of Cinema, Stockholm and Goteborg (1996); "El otro: Miradas mutuas entre Mexico y EE.UU.," Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City (1996); Feria Nacional Universitaria de Ciencia y Arte, Morelia, Michoacan (1996); Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana--Xochimilco, Mexico City (1996); "Latin Dada," Downtown Lives, Los Angeles (1996); "Faculty Exhibition," Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont (1996); Sydney Biennale (1996, 1992), and tour (1992, in conjunction with the Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo): Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melborne, Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, Canberra, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Araluen Art Center, Alice Springs; Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville; Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Tasmanian School of Art, Hobarth, Tasmania; International Museum of Photography and Film, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York (1995); Olympia Film Society, Olympia, Washington (1995); Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden (1995); Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, New York (1995); Video In, Vancouver (1995); Curare, Mexico City (1995, 1993); "In and Out of the Cold, 1945-1995: 50 Years of Documentary Change," Second International Documentary Congress screenings, with the University of California Los Angeles Film and Television Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1995); "No Man's Land: Crossing Visions," Anthology Film Archive, New York (1995); "Sit Down and Watch It," Artists Space, New York City (1995); "Identidad: el video como espejo," La Sala del Deseo/Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City (1995); "Video Arts Annual," Re:Solution Gallery, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies (1995); "VideOasis," The Screening Room, Amherst, New York (1995); University of California Davis (1995); Festival Latinoamericano de Video y Television, Havana (1995); Western Regional Conference, Society for Photographic Education (1995); "Arts of the Americas" Festival, University of New Mexico (1995); "Xenophobia: It's a Personal Problem," Ohio University School of Art, Athens, Ohio (1995); Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco (1995); Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles (1995); SPARC Gallery, Venice, California (1995); "Struggles Against Racism," Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1995); "Here to There," video program for "Ante America,", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (1994); City College of San Francisco (1994); Harvard University (1994); Northwestern University (1994); California State University San Marcos (1994); Kalamazoo College (1994); American University (1994); Indiana University (1994); State University of New York New Paltz (1994); Gettysburg College (1994); Portland State University (1994); Wheelock College (1994); University of Arizona (1994); Robert Flaherty Seminar, New York (1993); "American Cultures/ American Films," Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley (1993); Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (1993); University of California San Diego (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996); Rivertown International Film Festival, Minneapolis (1993); Chicanos Noventas Festival, Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City, and tour: TV-UNAM, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Centro Cultural José Martí, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana--Xochimilco, Morelia, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Durango, Torreon, Monterrey, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Colima, Culiacan, Hermosillo, Tijuana, Oaxaca, Tuxtla Gutierrez, (1993); Mount Holyoke College (1993); University of Pennsylvania (1993); University of Washington (1993); "New Directors, New Films," Museum of Modern Art, New York City, with the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1992); Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany (1992); Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, Switzerland (1992); Festival International du Jeune Cinema, Montreal (1992); "Eyes Across the Water," Amsterdam (1992); Primera Muestra Internacional de Cine Etnológico, Granada, Spain (1992); Third International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Manchester, England (1992); Film Art Media, Taipei, Taiwan (1992); El Nopal Centenario, Tijuana, Mexico (1992); "Portable Stories/Historias Portatiles," in collaboration with Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo, Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego (1992); "Will/Power," Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, OH (1992); Humboldt International Film Festival, Arcata, California (1992); "Between Two Worlds: The People of the Border," Oakland Museum, Oakland (1992); National Educational Film and Video Festival, Oakland (1992); "Virgin Territories," Long Beach Museum of Art (1992); San Jose Cinequest (1992); Social Photography Workshop (TAFOS), in conjunction with the Comite Latinoamericano de Cine de Pueblos Indigenas, Lima, Peru (1992); American Anthropological Association annual meetings (1992); "What is to be Done," Self-Help Graphics, East Los Angeles (1992); Macondo Espacio Cultural, Los Angeles (1992); Riverside Film Festival, California (1992); "Alcanzar a los Angeles," Ventana Gallery, Los Angeles, (1991); "Las Fronteras Internacionales en el Umbral de Dos Siglos," National Anthropology Museum, Mexico City (1991); "Reconquista," Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara (1991); "Festival Latino," Public Theater, New York City (1991); Chicago Latino Cinema (1991).


Numerous local public television broadcasts throughout the U.S. including:

KTCI St. Paul, MN (1998, 1997); WNEQ Buffalo, NY (1997); KLCS Los Angeles (1997); KCSM San Mateo, CA (1997); KRCB Rohnert Park, CA (1997); WQEX Pittsburgh, PA (1996); WNVC Falls Church, VA (1996); KTCA St. Paul, MN (1996); Canal 22, Mexico City (1996); KPBS San Diego, CA (1996); KTCI St. Paul, MN (1996); "Hey There, Good Neighbor!," from "Public Space/Culture Wars," the 90's Channel and the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities (1995); "Independent Eye," KCET Los Angeles (1995); "Through the Lens," WYBE Philadelphia (1993); "Independent Focus," WNET New York City (1993); "La Plaza," WGBH Boston (1992); "A History," Deep Dish Television, cable broadcast (1992).


Selected publications:

2006 The Shock of Modernity/El impacto de la modernidad. Exhibition catalog. ( Madrid: Turner).

2005 "The Paradoxes of Quirigoá," Journal of the Film and Video, vol. 57, nos. 1-2 (Spring-Summer), 78-83.

2003 "Consumed by a Fever: The Small-Gauge Cinema of Orizaba's Sergio Tinoco Solar," Film History, vol. 15, no. 2 (2003), 203-208.

2001 "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Heritage: Gabriel Orozco's Photogravity," Afterimage, vol. 28, no. 5.

2000 "Marilyn Monroe and I," Cabinet, no. 1.

1999 "On the Travels of the Chac-Mool," Architectural Design ( London), vol. 69, nos. 7-8.

1998 The Mexperimental Cinema. Exhibition catalog. ( Santa Monica, CA: Smart Art Press),

with Rita Gonzalez.

1997 "Weegee and the Jewish Question," Wide Angle, vol. 19, no. 4., with David Serlin.

1996 "Spanish Caprice," Art Issues, ( Los Angeles), no. 41, with Rubén Ortiz Torres. Reprinted in Urban Latino Cultures: La Vida Latina in L.A . , (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999)

1996 "Images of a Subverted Eden," History of Photography, ( Oxford, UK), vol. 20, no. 3.
Reprinted in translation in La PusModerna, ( Mexico City), no. 8.

1995 "The Work of Others," Poliester, ( Mexico City), no. 11.

  • "The Fragmented Subject Adrift: Films and Videos by Willie Varela," Blimp Film Magazine, ( Graz, Austria), no. 27/28.

1993 "Face the Nation: The Filmic Formulations of National Identity," Afterimage,
( Rochester, N.Y.), vol. 21, no. 5.

  • "Star-Spangled Border," Afterimage, ( Rochester, N.Y.), vol. 20, no. 1. Reprinted as "La Invasión Mexicana," Nitrato de Plata, Mexico City, no. 14, and in Opciones, (supplement to El Nacional, Mexico City), no. 37.

Numerous other short reviews in Acervos (Oaxaca), Afterimage (Rochester, NY), Alquímia (Mexico City), Blimp Film Magazine (Graz, Austria), Cabinet (New York City), Chorus (Minneapolis, MN), Coil (London), Dox (London), Estudios Cinematográficos (Mexico City), Exile, U.S.A. (Hamburg), Felix (New York City), Filmmaker (New York City), The Independent (New York City), Latin American Art (Scottsdale, AZ), Poliester (Mexico City), La Pus Moderna (Mexico City), RiM (Mexico City), The Spectator (Los Angeles, CA), Tonantzin (San Antonio, Texas), Urbarte: Ciudades Hibridas (Los Angeles, CA), Visions Art Quarterly (Los Angeles, CA), Visual Anthropology Review (Los Angeles, CA), and other periodicals.



2006 Co-editor, with Alexandra Juhasz, F is for Phony, University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.

2003 Guest editor, Wide Angle, ( Baltimore, MD), vol. 21, no. 3. Thematic issue on the Mexican super-8 film movement.

2003 Guest editor, with Kathy High, Ximena Cuevas, Ricardo Nicolayevsky and Roberto López, Felix ( New York, NY), vol. 3, no. 2. Thematic issue on risks.

1999, Guest editor, with Clark Arnwine, Wide Angle, (Baltimore, MD), vol. 19, no. 4, and

1998 vol. 20, no. 3. Two thematic issues on film, architecture and urban space.



1997 Sonia Iglesias y Cabrera and Maria del Carmen Leon, "Memoirs of an Itinerant Photographer" Afterimage, ( Rochester, N.Y.), vol. 24, no. 5.

1992 Cristina Venegas, "A Conversation with Juan Mora Catlett," The Spectator, (Los Angeles, CA), vol. 13, no. 1.


Grants and honors:

2006 Director’s choice, Black Maria Film Festival (for T.S.H.)

2005 Honorable mention, Ann Arbor Film Festival (for T.S.H.).

2004 Project Pericles Grant, Pitzer College.

2003 U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, (for The Shock of Modernity).

2002 Getty/California Community Foundation Visual Arts fellowship.

2001 Documentary prize, Quinta Jornada de Cortometraje Mexicano, Mexico City (for The American Egypt).
Mellon Foundation “Intercultural Learning through Technologies” grant, Pitzer College.

2000 Artist in the Community Grant, Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles.
“The Forum” grant, Pitzer College, with Alex Juhasz (for F is for Phony conference).

1999 Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, (for The American Egypt)
Salathé Fund, Pitzer College, with Maria Soldatenko (for Chiapas Media Revolution conference).

  • Fulbright Fellow, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

U.S. -Mexico Fund for Culture, (continued support).

1997 U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, (for Mexperimental Cinema).
University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, (for Mexperimental Cinema), with Ximena Cuevas.
Brody/California Community Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, (for Ruins).

1996 Artist's Fellowship, California Arts Council, (for Ruins).
Jurors' prize (main award), San Antonio Cinefest, (for Frontierland/Fronterilandia).

Honorable mention, Festival Cinematografico Internacional del Uruguay, Cinemateca Uruguaya, Montevideo, (for Frontierland/Fronterilandia).

1995 Media Arts residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta.

1994 Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship (a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.)

1993 Reconocimiento, Chicanos '93, (for Natives).
Open Call, Independent Television Service (PBS), with Rubén Ortiz Torres.
U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture (for Frontierland/Fronterilandia), with Rubén Ortiz Torres.

1992 Travel Grants Fund for Artists (sponsored by the N.E A., Arts International, and the Pew Charitable Trust.)

Honorable mention, Primer Festival Latinoamericano y de Caribe de Cortometraje y Video, Caracas, Venezuela, (for Natives).

Best short documentary, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, (for Natives).

Winner, documentary category, Cincinnati Film Society, (for Natives).

Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association, (for Natives).

1991 Winner, foreign category, Sixth International Film and Video Festival, Chiba, Japan, (for Natives).


Teaching experience:

2004- Associate Professor, Intercollegiate Media Studies, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.
now Taught: Hand-Made Films, Silent Film, Media Sketchbook, Mexican Visual Cultures, Introduction to Video Production, Mexican Film History and Media and Migration.

2005 Visiting instructor, Fototeca de Veracruz, Mexico. Taught: Taller de cine experimental.

2005 Visiting instructor, Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca City.

2004 Taught: Taller de cine experimental.

1998- MacArthur Five-College Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College,

2004 Claremont, CA. Taught: Senior Projects, Hand-Made Films, Silent Film, Media Sketchbook, Mexican Film History, Language of Film, Introduction to Video Production, The History of Ethnographic Film, and Documentary.

2003 Visiting instructor, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.

2002 Taught: La Imagen es de quien letrabaja . . . , Historia de cine experimental

1999- mexicano, Modernismo y la imagen enmovimiento, Cine y la ciudad and

1996 Taller de cine experimental.

1999 Fulbright Fellow, Facultad de Ciencias Antropologicas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán , Mérida, Mexico. Taught: Visual Anthropology Workshop.

1999 Visiting lecturer, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
Taught: Experimental Mexican Film and Video.

1996- Visiting lecturer, Department of Visual Arts, University of California San Diego.

1997 Taught: Scripting and Editing Strategies, Documentary Media, The History and Art of the Silent Cinema , Media Sketchbook, Film in Social Context: The Fake Documentary, and Introduction to Filmmaking.

1996 Visiting faculty, Bennington College Summer Program.
Taught: Introduction to Film: History and Criticism.

1993 Visiting lecturer in film and video at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas (San Carlos Academy ) of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).
Taught: Introduction to the Moving Image.


Guest lectures and conferences:

Amherst College , (Political Science, 1996).

Banff Centre for the Arts, ("Memory/History" workshops), Alberta, Canada (1995).

Brown University , (Latin American Studies, 1996).

Bryn Mawr College , (1993).

California Institute of the Arts, (Film/Video, 1992, 1996; Art, 2000).

California State University Los Angeles, (Communications, 1992, 1993).

California State University San Bernadino, (Communications, 1997).

Centro Cultural Tijuana, ("Larva" conference, 2004).

Centro Damian Bayon, Instituto de las Americas, ("Mundos en Contraste" Conference),

Santa Fe , Spain , (1992).

Centro de Capacitación Cinematografica, Mexico City, (1996, 2002).

Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, UNAM, Mexico City, (2001).

Cineteca de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, (1998).

Coloquio Latinoamericano de la Fotografía, (1996).

Congreso Regional de Antropologia, Mérida, Yucatan, (1999).

Columbia University , (School of International and Public Affairs, 1996).

Cornell University , (Art, 1995).

Curare , Mexico City, (1993).

Dartmouth College , (Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1995).

"Doctober" Festival Outreach Program (with the International Documentary Association), Los Angeles , CA (1997).

Emily Carr Institue of Art and Design ("Nations, Pollinations and Dislocations: Changing Imaginary Borders" symposium), Vancouver, Canada (1999).

Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda,” Mexico City, (Video, 1996; Art, 2002).

Franklin and Marshall College, (History, 2002).

Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, (“Works in Progress,” 2006).

Glenbow Museum (with the Calgary Society of Independent Film), Alberta, Canada (1995).

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, (“Cine Mexperimental" conference, 2000).

Guggenheim Museum , New York , (“Mexperimental Cinema” conference, 1999).

Harvard University , (Graduate School of Design, 1999).

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, ("Present (always) Imperfect: The

Politics of Building-Identity-Place" conference, 1997; "The Mexperimental Cinema" conference, 1998).

Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus de Mexico, Mexico City, (Communications, 1993),

Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus de Monterrey, Mexico , "Quinto Congreso Internacional de Arquitectura" (1999).

Los Angeles City College , CA , (1999, 1998).

Long Beach Museum of Art, CA, (1997).

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL, (1999).

Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (1994).

Museo de El Carmen, (with the Seminario Permanente de Estudios Chicanos y de

Fronteras, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia), Mexico City, (1993).

Museo de Arte Mexicano Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, (1993, 1998).

National Anthropology Museum , Mexico City, (1991).

New York University , (Cinema Studies, 2001).

Oakland Museum , CA , (1992).

Occidental College , CA , (Fine Arts, 1999).

Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, (Photography, 1993, 1997; Environmental Arts, 2000).

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, (Media Studies, 1996).

Simposio Internacional de Teoria de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2003).

Society of American Archivists annual meetings, (1996).

Society for Cinema Studies annual meetings, ("Representation as Border Crossing" workshop, 1998).

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, (Communications, 2000).

Southern California Institute of Architecture, (Latin America/ Los Angeles Seminar, 1997, 1998, 2000; Studio, 1999).

Unidad de Television Educativa, Mexico City, (televised conference, 1996).

Universidad Autónoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Mexico (2002).

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, (Visual Arts, 1998).

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico (2002).

Universidad del Mayab, Mérida, Mexico, (2000).

Universidad Iberoamericana , Mexico City, (Communications, 2001).

University College, Dublin, ("Cinema and the City" conference, 1999).

University of Colorado Boulder, (Film Studies and Anthropology, 1999).

University of California Berkeley, (Anthropology, 1997, 1998, Literature, 2004).

University of California Davis, (Chicano Studies, 2004).

University of California Irvine, (Film, 1999).

University of California Los Angeles, (Architecture and Urban Planning, 1992; Chicano

Studies, 1999; Cinema Studies, 2001).

University of California Santa Barbara, (Film Studies, 2003).

University of California Santa Cruz, (Visual Arts, 1995).

University of California San Diego, (Ethnic Studies, 1993; Visual Arts, 1996; Visual Arts, 1999).

University of London, (School of Advanced Studies, 2003).

University of Massachusetts Amherst (Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, 1999).

University of Southern California , (Sociology, 1992; Center for Visual Anthropology, 1995; Cinema/Television, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002).

University of South Carolina , (Orphans Film Symposium, 2002).

Visible Evidence IX, Marseille, France (2002).

Wellesley College , (Art, 1996).

Woodbury University, Los Angeles, (Architecture, 1997).

Woodbury University, San Diego, (Architecture, 2000).

Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung der Universität Bielefeld, (Imaginations:

Documentary and the Narration of Nation in the Americas conference, 2005).



2000 "Maya Revival Los Angeles," for L.A. Freewaves.

1998 " Reading Urban Space," for L.A. Freewaves, with ADOBE L.A.


Curatorial experience:

2005 Curator and conference coordinator, “Native Agents,” for the Festival Internacional de Cine Morelia.

2005 Co-curator, “Cinema and History: Piling Wreckage upon Wreckage,” for the 2005 Robert Flaherty Seminar,” with Michael Renov.

2004- Curator, "El Espanto de la modernidad/The Shock of Modernity, Criminal Photography

2006 from the Casasola Archive,” Pomona College Museum of Art, Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Fototeca Nacional, Pachuca, Hidalgo and the Fototeca de Veracruz, Mexico.

2003- Curator, "Superocheros," in conjunction with the publication of Wide Angle, vol. 21, no. 3.

2002 Occularis, Brooklyn, NY, and Berks Filmmakers, Reading, PA.

2002 Co-programmer, "VidArte" Festival, Palacio de Correos, Mexico City, with Yoshua Okon.

1998- Co-curator, "The Mexperimental Cinema," a sixty-year survey of avant-garde media

2000 arts from Mexico, with Rita Gonzalez. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; University of California San Diego, CA; Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA; Los Angeles Filmforum, CA; Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA; Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH; Guadalupe Arts Center, San Antonio, TX; Cineteca de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico; Seattle Center, Seattle, WA; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; University of Texas Austin; University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, Riverside; Samuel Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida; Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City; University of Massachusetts Amherst; University of Colorado, Boulder; Chicago Filmmakers; Festival Regional Cine Video Sociedad, Mérida, Mexico; Harvard Film Archives, Cambridge, MA; Guggenheim Museums, New York City and Bilbao.

1997 Co-curator, "Facades: Architecture, Urban Space, and the Moving Image," Long Beach Museum of Art, with Gustavo Leclerc.

1996 Co-curator, "Public Television/Private Living Rooms: L.A. Freewaves," Museum of Contemporary Art--Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles, and tour: Downey Museum; California State University Northridge; Huntington Beach Art Center.

1996 Co-curator, Southern California/Mexico City video exchange, two reciprocal exhibitions: "Independent Mexican Video Arts," with Gregorio Rocha, screening at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and tour: Artists' Television Access (San Francisco), California Institute for the Arts, University of California San Diego, and other sites; and a parallel program of Southern California video art, "Los Demonios de Los Angeles," at the Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City.

1995- Numerous media programs with the Video Committee of Los Angeles Contemporary 1997 Exhibitions, including "LACE © Hollywood" and the 15th National Video Festival (in conjunction with the American Film Institute).



1991 University of Southern California
M.A. in Visual Anthropology.

1987 University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. in Latin American Studies, with honors.


Juries, etc.:

2003 Juror, documentary competition, Festival Internacional de Cine de Moreila.

2003, Nominator and evaluator, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


2000 Nominator, Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship.

1999, Media Arts juror, Grants Division, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.



Professional affiliations and activities:

KCET Arts Advisory Panel, (1994-1997).

Video Programming Committee, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (1995-1997). Board of directors, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (1996-1998).

Board of directors, Latin American Cineteca of Los Angeles, (2003-present).

Board of directors, Los Angeles Filmforum, (1996-present).

Coordinator, Binational Encounter for Film and Videomakers Mexico-USA, (1998, 1999).

Programming Advisory Board, Robert Flaherty Seminar, (2005-)