Lee Anne Schmitt

Moving Image, 2015

Lee Anne Schmitt is a writer and director of essay films and performances. She creates evocative, deeply felt works that consider everyday elements of American life as cultural ritual, including a series of cinematic investigations of the intersections of landscape with personal memory (Las Vegas, 2000), with the history of the American Left (Awake and Sing, 2003), and with urban development (The Wash, 2005). She is currently completing her third feature, The John Brown Project, based on the journey undertaken by the radical abolitionist John Brown in the moments just before the Civil War. Her work has screened at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, SFMOMA, The Cinema du Reel at the George Pompidou Center in Paris, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley. She is the associate director of the Film Directing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.