M. M. Serra

M. M.
Serra

MM Serra is an experimental filmmaker, curator, author, and the Executive Director of Film-Makers Cooperative, the world's oldest and largest archive of independent media.

Films

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    Eye Etc
    Experimental

    Eye Etc
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, Digital file
    • ethnic_multicultural
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    Real To Reel Mama
    Experimental

    Real To Reel Mama
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
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    • ethnic_multicultural
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    Five Films (NYC/Nightfall/Framed/PPI/Turner)
    Experimental

    Five Films (NYC/Nightfall/Framed/PPI/Turner)
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color and b/w, sound, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Five Films (NYC/Nightfall/Framed/PPI/Turner)
    Experimental

    Five Films (NYC/Nightfall/Framed/PPI/Turner)
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color and b/w, sound, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Turner
    Experimental

    Turner
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
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    Stasis Series I & II I. Still Life; II. Papa's Garden
    Experimental

    Stasis Series I & II I. Still Life; II. Papa's Garden
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, sound, 6 min
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    Mary Magdalene
    Experimental

    Mary Magdalene
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, sound, 30 min
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    L'Amour Fou
    Experimental

    L'Amour Fou
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, sound, 17 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • erotic
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    Lot of Fun for the Evil One, A
    Experimental

    Lot of Fun for the Evil One, A
    M. M. Serra

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
    • erotic

Biography

In 2016, Serra was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Arts grant for an experimental documentary titled ArtCore: The Explicit Body.  In 2015 she was awarded a New York Foundation on the Arts installation art grant for a project on 42nd peep show titled Enduring Ornament.  In 2015, her film titled Enduring Ornament (with Josh Lewis) premiered at the Onion City Film Festival, The Berlin Biennale Short Film Cloud, XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin as well as the Gowanus Experimental Film Festival.

Serra’s film Beathe Deep (2012) was awarded the Directors’ Choice prize at the Black Maria Film Festival.  In June 2012, Serra had a retrospective of her film work at Anthology Film Archives.  Serra was invited to the International School of Cinema and Television (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba to present and discuss her film Bitch-Beauty in a Cinema as Death program. Bitch-Beauty premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 3rd, 2011 in the “Views of the Avant-Garde” screening series. 

Her film, Chop Off, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight Series in 2009. In Fall 2010, Serra curated, Counter Culture, Counter Cinema: An Avant Garde Film Festival, a seven program, three day event at the Pacific Design Center with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2007 - 2008, Serra was the curator of a six-part experimental film series titled “Cinema of the Unusual” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Serra also curated and traveled with the show “New York Experimental” in Warsaw and Paznan, Poland. Serra was also invited by the Office of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Norway to lecture at and curate a two hour program titled “Art (core): Avant Garde and the Cinematic Body”. Her chapter on the work of Carolee Schneemann, titled “Eye/Body: The Cinematic Paintings of Carolee Schneemann”, was published in Anthology of Experimental Filmmakers by Duke University Press in 2007, and a second printing in 2008.

In February 27, 2015 Serra gave the Jorgensen Lecture at Indiana University on the topic of topic titled “Art(core) and the Explicit Body.  She was invited to curate two programs of films on the topic, interviewed and meet with IU students. 

MM Serra teaches in the Media Studies program at the New School for Social Research on topics such as horror films, sex and gender as well as Avant-Garde and the Moving Image.   Serra presented a lecture at Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretations her lecture/screening was titled “The New American Visions Series in September 2012.

Archive

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    MM Serra interview with Takahiko Iimura

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    MM Serra interview with Michael Snow

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    MM Serra interview with Peggy Ahwesh

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    MM Serra interview with George Kuchar

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    MM Serra interview with Jennifer Reeves

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    MM Serra interview with Lynne Sachs & Bradley Eros

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    MM Serra interview with Peter Kubelka

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    MM Serra and David Weinstein interview with Jonas Mekas

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    MM Serra interview with Philipp Glass and Bill Morrison

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    MM Serra interview with Ken Jacobs #1

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    MM Serra interview with Ken Jacobs #2

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    MM Serra interview with Carolee Schneemann #1

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    MM Serra interview with Carolee Schneemann #2

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    MM Serra interview with Joel Schlemowitz

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    MM Serra interview with Lynne Sachs