Elisabeth Subrin

Moving Image, 2001

Elisabeth Subrin is a New York-based filmmaker, screenwriter, and visual artist who creates conceptually driven projects in film, video, photography and installation. Working across experimental and narrative forms, her projects seek intersections between history and subjectivity, investigating the nature and poetics of psychological "disorder," the legacy of feminism, and the impact of recent social and political history on contemporary life and consciousness. Her films, videos and installations have exhibited widely, including at The New York Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, The Cinematheque Francaise, The Vienna Viennale, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Biennial, MoMA/PS1's Greater New York 2010, The Mattress Factory, The Center for Curatorial Studies, The Walker Art Center. Subrin has had solo projects and screenings at The Jewish Museum, VOLTA NY, The ICA/Philadelphia, and a critically acclaimed 2010 retrospective at Sue Scott Gallery. She’s received awards from The LA Film Critic’s Association, The New England Film Festival, the USA Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival. Her film Shulie was selected for the 2012 Sight & Sound critic’s poll for “Greatest Films Ever.” A Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Fellow, she's also received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Annenberg Foundations and The MacDowell Colony. She's an Associate Professor in Film and Media Arts at Temple University and lives in Brooklyn. 

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Awards and Accomplishments


Shulie is screened at the Museum of Modern Art


Subrin receives an Annenberg Foundation grant from the Sundance Institute for preproduction on Up

2004: Subrin receives a Rockefeller Media Art Fellowship


Subrin is named a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow to participate in their Writer’s and Director’s Labs with Up

2003: Subrin receives MacDowell Colony Residency

2002: Subrin receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship