Jesse Lerner

Jesse Lerner

U.S.

Jesse Lerner is a documentary filmmaker, curator, and writer based in Los Angeles. His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), Magnavoz (2006), and T.S.H. (2004), and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/ Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999), The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010), and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America, and Japan, and have has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Sundance, Rotterdam, and Los Angeles Film Festivals, and many other venues. Washington’s National Gallery, New York’s Anthology Film Archives, and Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional have presented mid-career surveys of his films. His books include The Maya of Modernism, F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing (with Alex Juhasz), The Shock of Modernity, Ism Ism Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (with Luciano Piazza), and The Catherwood Project (with Leandro Katz). His critical essays on photography, film, and video have appeared in Afterimage, Cabinet, Film History, History of Photography, La Pusmoderna, The Spectator, Visual Anthropology Review, Wide Angle, and other media arts journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogues. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions for the Flaherty Seminar, Mexico’s National Palace of Fine Arts, and The Mexperimental Cinema, a traveling retrospective of 60 years of avant-garde film and video from Mexico. He is a professor in the intercollegiate media studies program of the Claremont Colleges.

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