Discipline: Film/Video – experimental

Lee Anne Schmitt

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2018

Lee Anne Schmitt is a filmmaker who is working on a series of short films called Evidence; each of these films focuses on exploring historical processes through a delineation of personal histories. In residence at MacDowell, she completed a rough cut of the film. In addition, she began several new projects, researching the role of white women in the continuation of the American political structures and patriarchies and shot footage for additional work focused on the body and the defiance of age. She is interested in political thought, personal experience, and the land. Much of her work revolves around landscape, objects, and the traces of political systems left upon them. Her projects have addressed American exceptionalism, the logic of utility and labor, gestures of kindness and refusal, racial violence, cowboyism, and the efficacy of solitude. She has exhibited widely at venues that include MoMA NY, the Getty Museum, REDCAT Theater, Northwest Film Society, Centre Pompidou, festivals such as Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, BAFICI, and FID Marseilles. She is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation and Creative Capital; she was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018



Lee Anne Schmitt worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio, converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to Union Street. Inside the building, an engine powered…

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