Artist Projects

Mayer\Leyva

Moving Image, 2015



Mayer\Leyva

Mayer\Leyva consists of performance artist Jillian Mayer and retired playwright Lucas Leyva. Their collaborations include short films, art installations, music videos, experimental theater and web projects. Their last two short films (Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke; #PostModem) premiered at Sundance and went on to play AFI, Rotterdam, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Winterthur, New Zealand and other festivals around the world. In 2012 four separate Mayer\Leyva projects were screened at SXSW, and in 2013 they returned with another. Named to Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film” list, their projects have also screened at museums worldwide including MoMA, Guggenheim Museums, New Orleans Contemporary and the permanent collection of the Miami Art Museum. In 2013, they were selected for the New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship for the Future of Storytelling at the Sundance Institute. Their music videos have been featured by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vice, Stereogum and NME, and have been named to various year-end Top 10 video lists, including IFC.

Mayer\Leyva have made three viral videos, including I Am Your Grandma, which became an unlikely sensation that has been spoofed on various TV shows and was featured on the cover of Art Papers Magazine, and the controversial Jacuzzi Boys: Glazin’ which became infamous after getting over 600,000 views in 48 hours before being banned from YouTube permanently and becoming the subject of a SXSW Panel. They have been awarded grants from the Cintas Foundation Fellowship for Cuban-American Artists, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Elsewhere Museum/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Harpo Foundation, the Zentrum Paul Klee Museum Fellowship (Switzerland), and the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship. Together they help run the Borscht Corp. in Miami, where they work and live with Shivers, their wise and benevolent miniature Chihuahua.


http://mayerleyva.com




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Jillian Mayer

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Lucas Leyva

As the founder and director of Miami's Borscht Corp, in the last five years Lucas Leyva "legitimized the once-absurd premise of filmmaking in Miami," "spurring a filmmaking boom in ...
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