Janie Geiser to Receive 2023 Brakhage Award

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This Sunday, Nov. 5, School of Theater faculty Janie Geiser receives the 2023 Stan Brakhage Vision Award at the Denver Film Festival (DFF), held this year at the AMC CO 9+10. 

The Stan Brakhage Vision Award, named for the influential experimental filmmaker, is annually given to a “filmmaker whose work pushes the limits in avant-garde and experimental filmmaking.” Geiser will be honored after a screening of her short film series DOUBLE VISION (2013-2018) at 7 pm. The screening is followed by a reception in her honor.

Past Brakhage Award recipients include Geiser’s fellow CalArtians: School of Film/Video faculty James Benning received the award last year, and School of Theater faculty Lewis Klahr was named the 2013 awardee.

Geiser is a multidisciplinary artist who uses performance, puppetry, film, and performance to investigate “memory, power and loss” and recontextualizing “abandoned images and objects.” Her Brakhage Vision Award is the latest of her accolades, which include a Doris Duke Award, a Creative Capital Award, an OBIE Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Recently, the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Queens, New York presented a career retrospective of Geiser’s work titled Unraveling Realities: The Films of Janie Geiser.

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As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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