Bill Brand's films, videos and art installations have been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad in museums, film festivals and microcinemas. His 1980 Masstransiscope, an animated mural installed in the New York City subway, is in the MTA Arts for Transit permanent collection. Bill Brand lives in New York City and is Professor Emeritus of Film and Photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and teaches Film Preservation at New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program. He is president of BB Optics, Inc., a company that specializes in archival film preservation and post-production services.
Brand’s films and videos have been featured at museums including Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art as well as at major film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival. The work is discussed in histories of cinema including the books Experimental Filmmaking: Break the Machine (2015) by Kathryn Ramey; Documentary, A History of the Non-Fiction Film, (1992) by Erik Barnouw; Allegories of Cinema, (1990) by David James and in a chapter by Robin Blaetz titled “Avant-Garde Cinema of the Seventies” in Lost Illusions, American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam 1970-1979 by David Cook. Brand’s work has also been written about in news and journal articles by Janet Maslin, Paul Arthur, J. Hoberman, B. Ruby Rich, Ian Christie, Noel Carroll, Brian Frye and Randy Kennedy among others.
Bill Brand founded the showcase and workshop Chicago Filmmakers in 1973, and served on the Board of Directors of the Collective for Living Cinema until 1991 in New York City. He co-founded Parabola Arts in 1981 and is currently an artistic director. He served as a member of the board of trustees for The Flaherty and is an advisor to the Orphan Film Symposium and Mono No Aware.
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