Rebecca Baron is a filmmaker, curator and educator based in Los Angeles. She is best known for her lyrical essay films that explore the changing nature of image-making and the construction of history. She is particularly interested in the politics of archives and in still photography’s relationship to the moving image. In collaboration with Doug Goodwin, she has most recently been investigating the role of AI, machine learning and database design in relation to cinematic expression.
Her award-winning films have screened widely at international film festivals and media venues including Documenta 12, New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archive, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Viennale, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty Film Seminar and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Major grants and fellowships include a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2007 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a City of Paris Artist Fellowship. In 2010, the Austrian Film Museum presented a retrospective of her work.
Rebecca has been on the faculty of California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video since 2000. She has also taught documentary and experimental film at Massachusetts College of Art, Harvard University and EICTV Cuba. Her courses include the Essay Film, Fieldwork in the Virtual Field, Artists and Archives, Art and Anthropology, Documentary Production, Imagining the Real, Cinematic Voices, Graduate Critique, Undergraduate Critique, and Film Production Workshop.
Rebecca has a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego.