Beth O’Brien is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker working in poetic, noncommercial cinema. Inspired by the work of avant-garde and personal filmmakers of the 60s and 70s, she began to play with 16mm and a Bolex in 1997. She slowly progressed to different formats and technologies as her ideas dictated. Her work is often broadly non-fiction, employing journalistic approaches to gathering observational media as well as traditional sit-down interviews. The final works range in style from documentary to minimal to highly manipulated experimental work using motion graphics, superimposition and collage.
Her film and video has been featured at the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Cornell Cinema, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Wesleyan University, Middlebury College, and are in the collection of the Getty Institute in Los Angeles. She has been a visiting artist at Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Class at RPI and at Cornell University. Her work has also been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, The Echo Park Film Center, The Old Stone House in Brooklyn, and the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea Film Festival in Cleveland.
She is also available for hire as a cinematographer or photographer, and open to collaborative projects.
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