Michelle Citron has made numerous media pieces including the CD- ROMs As American As Apple Pie, Cocktails and Appetizers, and Mixed Greens, and the films What You Take for Granted and Daughter Rite, a ground breaking experimental narrative about mothers and daughters.
Her work has been shown at museums and film festivals around the work including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, The Kennedy Center, the American Film Institute and the New Directors, Berlin, London, and Edinburgh film festivals. Her films are distributed worldwide and are in over 200 permanent collections.
She has received two National Endowment for the Arts Filmmaking Grants, a National Endowment for the Humanities Media Grant, and Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for Filmmaking, Screenwriting, and New Media.
Her book, Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions (Univ of Minn Press, 1999) won three awards, including a special commendation from the Krasza-Krausz Book Award, which cited the book for being "an extraordinary blend of autobiographical and film writing which offers a radical new way of thinking and writing about film." She is Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College, Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. (09/09)
A film by Michelle Citron, 1979, 53 min., Color
"Daughter Rite is a classic, the missing link between the 'direct Cinema' documentaries and the later hybrids that acknowledged truth couldn't always ...
What You Take for Granted
A film by Michelle Citron, 1983, 75 min., Color
The tentative friendship of Anna, a feisty truck driver, and Diana, an upper middle-class doctor, provides the core for an unusual, intimate and movin...