MAYA DEREN began her career studying literature and as a photographer and then went on to make her mark as an experimental filmmaker with films such as Meshes of the Afternoon (1943).
Deren was the first filmmaker to receive a Guggenheim grant in 1947. She died in 1961 at the age of 44 of a brain hemhorrage.
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Where to watch her films:
AMAZON (DVDs/BluRays for PURCHASE)
Read more about her:
Essential Deren Collected Writings
Senses of Cinema
The Principle of Infinite Pains: Legendary Filmmaker Maya Deren on Cinema, Life, and Her Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers
In the Mirror of Maya Deren documentary presskit
A LIFE CHOREOGRAPHED FOR CAMERA
FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):
1985Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (Documentary) (original footage)
1958The Very Eye of Night (Short)
1951Ensemble for Somnambulists (Short)
1948Meditation on Violence (Short)
1946Ritual in Transfigured Time (Short)
1945A Study in Choreography for Camera (Short)
1944At Land (Short)
1944The Private Life of a Cat (Short documentary) (co-director)
1944Witch’s Cradle (Short)
1943Meshes of the Afternoon (Short)