Nina Menkes

Cinematographer, Film director

1965 –

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Who is Nina Menkes?

Nina Menkes, is a filmmaker who has completed seven feature films in which she controlled all aspects of production, including directing, writing, camera, as well as editing picture and sound on her own productions. She has worked in various media including Super-8, 16mm, 35mm and lately HD. Her unusual films express time, space, memory and history, through a lens of the present in works that are "an object lesson in the cinematic possibilities standard narrative misses".. Menkes's films have often met with hostility, as she confronts and expresses violence in a radical way, creating and following her own rules. She has referred to herself as a witch, and Dennis Lim, writing in the New York Times, called her a "cinematic sorceress of the self."

According to film critic and historian Berenice Reynaud:

"[Menkes] does not inscribe herself in a recognizable avant-garde tradition, she has no master and no disciples, which forces her to reinvent the history of cinema in her own terms, to struggle alone with formal and conceptual issues. This loneliness – both æsthetic and economic – is also embedded in the texture of the work.

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Born
Oct 12, 1965
California
Siblings
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Germany
  • Israel
Profession
Education
  • Master of Fine Arts, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
    Cinematography
    ( - 1987)
Lived in
  • Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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