Announcing Denah Johnston as agnès films’ Experimental and Fringe Film Editor
Written by Denah Johnston
Copyediting and Posting by Alexandra Hidalgo
As Experimental and Fringe Film Editor, I’m seeking contributions of various lengths and intentions from critiques, think-pieces and reviews to how-to articles, interviews and profile pieces. The ability to make your ideas accessible to a diverse audience is prized over dry scholarly analysis. At agnès films we value wit, originality and honesty in your point of view and look for engagement and literary value in submissions.
An experimental filmmaker who employs optical printing and hand development in her filmmaking, I enjoy leaving a certain degree of my process to chance operations. Currently I’m exploring various methods of re-photography, sound construction and manipulation in new works with found footage source materials. Influenced by Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, Ingmar Bergman and the writings of William S. Burroughs, I have most recently screened films in Berlin, Boston, Sydney, Chicago, Malaysia and St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as New Nothing Cinema, OffiCinema Festival (Bologna, Italy), the Pacific Film Archive, the Fargo Film Festival (Best Experimental Film anomie in 2010) and the Athens International Film & Video Festival (Juror’s Prize, Best Experimental Film for flux in 2004 and Devil’s Dairymaid in 2009).
Working as an independent curator, I have specialized in queer, experimental and underground film. I am contributing a chapter on quintessential No Wave Filmmaker Vivienne Dick for a forthcoming critical anthology of writing on Downtown Cinema 1976-2001 in New York, edited by Joan Hawkins. I currently teach film history and studies courses in San Francisco.
A PhD candidate in Media & Communications at the European Graduate School, I have received an MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA in Photography with a Film Studies Minor from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Some of my short films are distributed by Canyon Cinema.
I am excited to be a part of agnès films and to work with filmmakers and film lovers from all backgrounds to share ideas, techniques and resources. Female filmmakers often get the short shrift in the industry and the world at large, participating in and helping build this community is a thoughtful step in the direction of change.