Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Xavier Marrades

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Brooklyn, NY and Cervera, SPAIN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2012, 2022

Xavier Marrades is a documentary filmmaker from Spain who has strong bonds with New York City, where he lived for 10 years. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts (New York) with the support of a Fellowship from la Caixa de Pensions.

His films have been shown in film festivals around the world. His first feature-length documentary, The Stranger's Land, was also broadcast on Spanish television. His last short documentary film, Misericódia, premiered at the New Directors New Films Festival, organized by MoMA and Lincoln Center.

During his first MacDowell residency in 2012, Marrades worked on his second film, Trans Time, a personal film in which he takes stock of his time in New York. The project was awarded a Jerome Foundation Production Fellowship. He worked with previous fellows Ira Sachs and Barbara Hammer during the process as part of the Queer Art Mentorship program.

In 2022, he edited a non-fiction film, Murmurations, that addresses the Covid pandemic in an allegorical way through the observation of a large colony of starlings in his hometown in Spain during the lockdown months. Through them the film also relates the current pandemic to the early years of the AIDS crisis.



Xavier Marrades worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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