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Maya Deren: Creative Work in Motion Pictures

by Moira Sullivan
Maya Deren: Creative Work in Motion Pictures by Moira Sullivan
Maya Deren’s ideas have been largely unexplored in film history, which is why she is being dedicated an entire list. Deren’s films continue to become known to young film students and audiences all over the world. Her work has contributed to a renaissance of intertextual references. This list contains some of these references in film, and complete work of Maya Deren. Complete Filmography of Maya Deren Films by Maya Deren Meshes of the Afternoon, by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943, 16mm, 14 min.Music by Teiji Ito added 1959. At Land , 1944, 16mm ,15 min silent. Photographed with the assistance of Hella Heyman and Alexander Hammid. A… Read more

Maya Deren’s ideas have been largely unexplored in film history, which is why she is being dedicated an entire list. Deren’s films continue to become known to young film students and audiences all over the world. Her work has contributed to a renaissance of intertextual references. This list contains some of these references in film, and complete work of Maya Deren.

Complete Filmography of Maya Deren
Films by Maya Deren
Meshes of the Afternoon, by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943, 16mm, 14 min.Music by Teiji Ito added 1959.

At Land , 1944, 16mm ,15 min silent. Photographed with the assistance of Hella Heyman and Alexander Hammid.

A Study in Choreography for Camera, 1945, by Maya Deren and Talley Beatty, 16mm,4 min., silent.

Ritual in Transfigured Time, 1945-46, 16mm, 15 min, silent. With appearances by Rita Christiani and Frank Westbrook. Choreographic collaboration by Frank Westbrook.
Photographed by Hella Heyman.

Meditation on Violence, 1948, 16mm 12 min., sound. Chinese flute and Haitian
drum music arranged by Maya Deren. Performance by Chao-li Chi.

The Very Eye of Night, 1952-55 (released 1959) 16mm, 15 min., sound. Made in collaboration
with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School students under the direction
of Antony Tudor. Music by Teiji Ito.
Unfinished work—*outtakes at Anthology Film Archives, New York City

*Witches Cradle ,1943 with Marcel Duchamp, 16mm 13 min.

*Medusa (YMHA workshop) 1949, 16mm, 10 min.

*Haitian film footage 1947-54, 16mm ca. 15.000 feet

Ensemble for Somnabulists ( Toronto Film Society workshop 1951), 16mm, 20 min.

*Haiku footage , 1959-60, 16mm , ca. 58 min

Source: Legend of Maya Deren, a Documentary and Collected Works,
Part 1 : Signatures, 1917-1942 by Veve A. Clark, Millicent Hodson,
Catrina Neiman, Francine B. Price (June1984)

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