Lizzie Borden

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Online Event

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Join the Hunter Moving Image Alliance for a conversation with the artist and filmmaker Lizzie Borden.

Lizzie Borden was born in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving a BFA in art history at Wellesley College, she moved to New York, where she enlisted art-world friends such as Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Bogosian to appear in her first film, Born in Flames, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the special Jury award and first prize at the Women’s Film Festival in Creteil. It was named one of "The Most Important 50 Independent Films" by Filmmaker Magazine. In 2016, Born In Flames was restored by the Anthology Film Archives, screened around the world and called by New Yorker critic Richard Brody “a feminist masterpiece.” It has been acquired by the prestigious Criterion Collection.

Borden also wrote, directed, and produced the controversial independent film Working Girls, depicting the a day in the life of middle-class prostitutes, which premiered in the Director's Fortnight at Cannes, won best Feature at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Miramax Films. It has been restored by Criterion, which produced a deluxe Blu-ray and is currently showing it on the Criterion Channel. Borden is currently in pre-production on Rialto, a period piece about women’s rights. Her anthology about strippers will appear next October, published by Seven Stories Press.

Borden has directed various episodic TV and developed pilots for Fox TV and Skype. Her script, Rebels, about Bob Marley, is in pre-production, as well as her film Rialto, about an abortionist in the 50’s, set against the backdrop of McCarthyism, which she will also direct.