Richard Sylvarnes

Performing Arts, 2009

Richard Sylvarnes is a filmmaker, photographer and sound artist. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals around the world. In 2009 he received a Creative Capital grant and in 2008 he was nominated for a Rockefeller Renew Media Fellowship. In 2013 he premiered his latest feature length experimental film The Last Words of Dutch Schultz at The Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn with a live music accompaniment by Zero Times Everything. His first feature, The Cloud of Unknowing, premiered in the International Dramatic Feature Competition at the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 and continued on in festivals throughout Asia and Europe. The film was released by Possible Films in 2004. H.C.E., his second feature, also premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival in the NYNY Narrative Competition and will be released by Cinema Purgatorio. He has collaborated numerous times with four-time Bessie Award winning choreographer David Neumann, with their most recent work premiering at the Kitchen in 2010. He has been commissioned to create videos for a diverse range of clients, including the band Interpol, fashion designer Miho Miho and a Brazilian television station, where he directed a pilot. He holds a degree in Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology, has guest lectured at Harvard University and serves as a Board Member at The Film-Makers Cooperative.

Awards and Accomplishments

2008: Sylvarnes is nominated for a Rockefeller Renew Media Fellowship