Joan Grossman on Memory, History, Film, and Politics
Joan Grossman is an independent media artist, producer, and scholar based in Brooklyn, New York, who has created work for cinema, television, museums, and live performance. Her work has been screened and exhibited in more than 25 countries and has won numerous awards, with projects in Africa, China, Russia, and throughout Europe. Joan has a Ph.D. in Media and Philosophy from the European Graduate School, in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where she worked with leading theorists and filmmakers such as Claude Lanzmann, Agnes Varda, Peter Greenaway, Avital Ronell, Jean Baudrillard, and Jacques Derrida. Her book, Blackout: On Memory and Catastrophe, was published by Atropos Press (New York/Dresden). She teaches media production and theory at universities across the U.S. and internationally. Joan also produces non-commercial media for public interest groups and runs productions for European films shooting in North America. She founded Pinball Films in New York and Vienna with Paul Rosdy, and is now the sole proprietor of the company.
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