Kathy Brew

Ms. Brew has worked on a range of media projects, from experimental work to independent documentaries and public television productions. From 1997 to 2014, she collaborated with her life/work partner, Roberto Guerra, on independent projects related to the arts. Among their collaborations was Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli, a film on the acclaimed designers (whose work is included in MoMA’s collection). In Guerra's honor, she initiated the Roberto Guerra Documentary Fund with UnionDocs in the fall of 2014.

Her extensive experience as a filmmaker includes four short films on Chinese contemporary artists, shot on location in Beijing in fall 2006, part of the Observer Observed series for The Joy of Giving Something, Inc.; ID/entity: Portraits in the 21st Century, commissioned by the MIT Media Lab and screened at the International Festival of Art on Film in Montreal; a collaboration with artist Mierle Ukeles on a multiple-channel installation about the Fresh Kills landfill, which is currently featured in a retrospective exhibition of Ukeles’s Work at the Queens Museum through February 19, 2017; and Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution, which was broadcast on WNET/Thirteen's Metro Arts and presented at the International Festival of Art on Film in Montreal and the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.

As a media programmer and curator, she was the co-director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival from 2004 to 2007; and from 1997 through 2001 she served as director of Thundergulch, the new media arts initiative of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which sought to provide new forms of interaction among artists, audiences, and new technologies.

She served as series consultant/curator for Reel New York, WNET/Thirteen’s series for independent film and video makers, from 2002 to 2004, and was a programmer for Lincoln Center’s New York Video Festival in 2006 and 2007.

Ms. Brew has also written on media and contemporary art for catalogues and other publications, and is on the faculty of the MFA Computer Arts Department and the MFA Art Practice Department at the School of Visual Arts, and of the Department of Media Studies and Film at The New School. She has also taught at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and Pratt Manhattan.

 

My Sessions:

Friday, May 12

11:15 - 12:00 PM

DOCUMENTARY FILMS: CAN THEY CHANGE THE WORLD?