Judy Fiskin: Videography

I Was an iPhone Addict
Judy Fiskin shot 7000 iPhone photos in six months. She sorts them into categories (Cakes Within a Two Mile Radius of My House) while at the same time making an attempt to wrestle the glamorizing iPhone algorithms to the ground. It ends in a tie, at best.

2018 Screenings:
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
Len Lye Centre Cinema, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand

Three Funerals and Some Acts of Preservation
The filmmaker tells the story of the two burials of Michelangelo, films the conservators at the Getty working on their sculpture collection in ways that you might not have imagined, and plans her own funeral, based on some that she's attended and others she's seen in movies.

2016 Screenings:
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California

I'll Remember Mama
A meditation on the imminent passing of her mother – the objects that she will leave behind and the memories and knowledge that will disappear with her passing.

2014 Screenings:
Hammer Museum biennial, "Made in L.A. 2014", Los Angeles, California

Guided Tour
A mash-up of two docent talks set against images of art shot by the filmmaker that have no relationship to the art that is being discussed by the docents.

2018 Screenings:
Len Lye Centre Cinema, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand

2014 Screenings:
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

2011 Screenings:
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
Worldfest, Houston winner of Silver Remi, Houston, Texas

2010 Screenings:
Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, California

The End of Photography
This short film, shot on black and white super-8 film, is a lament for the fading away of film. The narrator lists all the implements involved in the making of analog photographs while shots of the pre-McMansion vernacular landscape in Los Angeles flash by.

2021 Screenings:
"Photogenic", Labocine #54, Imagine Science Films, January 5 - February 1, 2021

2020 Screenings:
"Video Club", curated by Ahmet Ögüt, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2019 Screenings:
"Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photography.", The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
"The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection", MOCA Los Angeles/Geffen Contemporary
"Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center", Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

2018 Screenings:
Len Lye Centre Cinema, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand

2016 Screenings:
"Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups", Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Intersections", National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Routine Pleasures", curated by Michael Ned Holte, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, California

2012 Screenings:
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, New York
Centro Cultural Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain

2011 Screenings:
Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2010 Screenings:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan
Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

2008 Screenings:
Séance panorama contemporain, Bétonsalon, Paris, France
Galeria Virgilio, Sao Paulo, Brazil
MOCA, "Index: Conceptual Art in California from the Permanent Collection", Los Angeles, California

2007 Screenings:
Antimatter Festival, Victoria, British Columbia
Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Berkeley, California
Worldfest, Houston, Texas
Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas

2006 Screenings:
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, The Netherlands
J. Paul Getty Museum, invitational screening, Los Angeles, California
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, screenings in Paris, France, Berlin, Germany and Madrid, Spain
the Kassel Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
"Saison Video," Espace Croisé, Lille, France

50 Ways to Set the Table
This documentary about the annual tablesetting competition at the L.A. County Fair is a visit to a piece of Americana where the pleasures of making meet the unbending rules of social class.

2017 Screenings:
"Routine Pleasures" exhibition, through August 14 at MAK Center, Schindler House, West Hollywood CA

2003 Screenings:
Documentary Fortnight series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Cinematexas, Austin, Texas
New York Underground Film Festival, New York, New York
South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas
Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

What We Think About When We Think About Ships
This video installation was commissioned by LACMALab at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The artists were asked to create an installation that used an object from the museum’s collection and to address the theme of “seeing” in a way that would be appropriate for both children and adults.

In a small room that houses a 19th century marine painting, viewers look into viewing slits and see the same tape loop: A sailor repeatedly falls on his face toward the camera, clearing the screen for a succession of unexpected representations of ships – an outline of a tugboat drawn in glue, then set on fire; a dozen toy sailboats sinking out of sight in a bathtub while emitting small cries of distress; an ice sculpture of a sailing ship slowly melting, and so on.

Exhibited at LACMALab at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November, 2001-August, 2002, Los Angeles, California.

My Getty Center
This tape chronicles the winter of 1997, when El Nino and the Getty Center came to Los Angeles at the same time, generating a few rainstorms, a billion dollar cultural complex, and an avalanche of hype. It is a tape about the talk that surrounds things – the media hype around new museum buildings and the weather, and especially the talk around art.

Silver Award, Worldfest 2000, Houston, Texas
Best of Festival, Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Berkeley, California

Other Screenings:
J. Paul Getty Museum, as part of “Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty”, Los Angeles, California
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin; Impakt New Media Festival, Utrecht, Holland; Len Lye Cinema, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; YYZ, Toronto, Ontario; Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey and at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California.

Diary of a Midlife Crisis
This is a serio-comic video diary about a middle-aged photographer whose fear of moving the video camera is used as a comic metaphor for her feeling of being creatively at a standstill. The emotional climax comes when she executes her first shaky pan. A meditation on art, aging, creativity and the difference between stillness and motion.

Silver Spire Award , San Francisco International Film Festival, 1998
Bronze award, Worldfest 1998, Houston, Texas

Other Screenings:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Art in General, New York, New York
Bonn Videonale, Bonn, Germany
Kassel Film and Video Fest, Kassel, Germany;
Bandits- Mages Festival, Bourges, France
Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema, San Francisco, California
Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Atlanta, Georgia
Brisbane International Film Festival, Brisbane, Australia
L.A. Freewaves Festival, Los Angeles, California