Leslie Thornton began developing her unique insights regarding technology and ethics at a very young age. She first studied filmmaking at the State University of New York at Buffalo, then at MIT. Her film and media works have been exhibited worldwide, in venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Centre George Pompidou, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, capcMusée, Pacific Film Archives, and festivals in Oberhausen, Graz, Mannheim, Berlin, Austin, Toronto, Tokyo and Seoul, among many others. Her ongoing work PEGGY AND FRED IN HELL was cited in several "Year’s Best" lists, including the Village Voice and The New York Times, and she was the only woman experimental filmmaker included in Cahiers du cinema's "60 Most Important American Directors" issue.
Thornton’s extensive body of work has also garnered her many prestigious awards throughout her career including the Maya Deren Award, the first Alpert Award in the Arts for media, a nomination for the Hugo Boss Award, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, and Art Matters. She is currently a professor of modern culture and media at Brown University and a visiting professor in the Transmedia Programme at the Academy Sint Lukas in Brussels, Belgium. She lives and works in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island. (10/09)
A film by Leslie Thornton, 1983, 30 min., Color
A formal 1861 portrait of a Chinese Mandarin and his wife is the starting point for this allegorical investigation of the fantasies spawned in the Wes...
Peggy and Fred in Hell
Leslie Thornton, 21 min.
The first installment of Leslie Thornton's ongoing epic follows two children, Peggy and Fred, through a densely cluttered, technological-consumer jumb...
Peggy and Fred in Kansas
Leslie Thornton, 11 min.
A few years older now, our boy and girl heroes mumble and chant their way through mid- America's wasteland. Thornton's interest in the line between la...
There Was An Unseen Cloud, Moving
Leslie Thornton, 1988, 60 min.
A deft and intentionally fragmented "biography" of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Victorian traveler who, dressed as an Arab man, became a Muslim and a writer ...