Project Description

Guy Maddin

Film Still from The Forbidden Room

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2015-16, 2016-17

Guy Maddin is an installation & internet artist, writer and filmmaker, the director of eleven feature-length movies, including The Forbidden Room (2015), My Winnipeg (2007)The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements – orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration.

In the fall of 2015 he will launch his major internet interactive work, Seances, which will enable anyone online to “hold séances with,” or view, randomly combined fragments of canonical lost films remade by Maddin on sets installed in public spaces, most notably during three weeks of shooting at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Twice Maddin has won America’s National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, with Archangel (1991) and The Heart of the World (2001). He has been bestowed many other awards, including the Telluride Silver Medal in 1995, the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award in 2006, and an Emmy for his ballet film Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002). Maddin is a print journalist and author of three books.

Maddin is currently a visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard.

He is also a member of The Order of Canada & The Order of Manitoba.