Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Sasha Wortzel

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Sasha Wortzel is a visual artist and filmmaker using film, video art, installation, sculpture, and sound to explore how this country’s past and present are inextricably linked through resonant spaces and their hauntings.

Wortzel has screened and exhibited at MOMA DocFortnight, True/False, CPH:DOX, San Francisco International, Wexner Center for the Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, New Museum, The Kitchen, Henry Art Gallery, and Cooley Memorial Gallery, among others. They have received support from the Ford Foundation, Sundance, Field of Vision, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Doc Society, and via a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Wortzel has participated in residencies including Silver Art Projects, Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, Abrons Arts Center, Watermill Center, Woodstock Film Festival, AIRIE (Artists in Residence in the Everglades), and Oolite Arts. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places.

While at MacDowell, Wortzel continued editing their feature documentary River of Grass. The project has been supported by Sundance, the Ford Foundation, Field of Vision, Chicken & Egg, an Anonymous was a Woman environmental art award, and a grant from Sandbox films in partnership with Sundance. Wortzel was recently awarded a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship to support the project as well.

Portrait by Camillo Godoy



Sasha Wortzel worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and 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…

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