Bill Brown

Moving Image, 2001

Bill Brown creates personal documentaries that explore the relationship between people and the places they live. His films, including Roswell (1994), Invisible Bridges (1997), Hub City (1997), Confederation Park (1999) , Buffalo Common (2001), Mountain State (2003), The Other Side (2006), Chicago Corner (2009) and Memorial Land (2012), have screened at festivals, galleries and museums around the world, including Sundance, Rotterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is the recipient of Fulbright and Rockefeller Fellowships. Brown is interested in movie touring and alternative exhibition, and has organized a number of DIY film tours: Lo Fi Landscapes (a 2002 tour of the Eastern and Southern US with filmmaker Tom Comerford), Lo Fi Landscapes 2 (a tour of the Western US in 2005), the Pedal Powered Movie Tour (a movie-bike tour from Washington, DC to Denver in 2006 with a program of films about border activism and immigration along the US-Mexico border) and La Cyclo-Cinémathèque (a movie-bike tour across France in 2007 with video artist and filmmaker Sabine Gruffat). Along with Gruffat, he created a locative media iPhone app called Bike Box, as well as an on-going live-cinema performance called Time Machine. 

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Films on Vimeo
Interview at Punto de Vista Film Festival

Awards and Accomplishments

2008: Brown receives Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund Grant to help fund a film that reconstructs the lives of the seven members of the 372nd Military Police Company who were convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib.

2007: Brown receives the EMPA Work Life Award for _The Other Side_ at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

2003: The Museum of Modern Arts presents a retrospective of Brown’s films as part of the Mediascope screening series

2002: Brown receives Rockefeller Media Fellowship for _Mountain State_