Discipline: Film/Video – documentary, Film/Video – experimental

Courtney Stephens

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary, Film/Video – experimental
Region: Los Angeles
MacDowell fellowships: 2019

Courtney Stephens is a filmmaker and programmer based in Los Angeles. Her non-fiction and experimental films have appeared at Berlinale, NYFF, SXSW, the Hong Kong, Dhaka Mumbai and San Francisco International Film Festivals, The Exploratorium, DokuFest, Onion City, Orphans Film Symposium, and elsewhere. She founded and co-programs the Highland Park microcinema Veggie Cloud, and has curated programs at numerous institutions including the Museum of the Moving Image, the Getty, and Flaherty NYC. She attended the American Film Institute, has received fellowships and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to India where she was in residence at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. She has lectured and written on subjects related to female travel and material history at the Royal Geographical Society and elsewhere.

While in residence, she completed editing on The American Sector, a feature documentary about large pieces of the Berlin Wall installed as public monuments around the U.S. The film is a collaboration with Pacho Velez ('17) who did pre-production while in residence. Stephens also worked on a mid-length experimental film, Change of Address, featuring footage from Bryce Canyon, UT. The film considers the fossil record, female itinerancy, and motherhood (and also contains footage shot at MacDowell). Stephens also collaborated with fellow residents Joshua Gen Solondz and Jerome Ellis on a short film Perfect Fifths, which featured Ellis tuning the piano in his studio while discussing his day job as a New York City piano tuner, and his interest in personal and acoustic intervals.



Courtney Stephens worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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