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Nina Menkes

Director and Producer, Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power
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Feminist pioneer and one of America’s foremost independent filmmakers, Nina Menkes shares insights on the impact of women’s depiction in Hollywood films through her 2022 feature documentary Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power.  

Menkes’ films have been featured in major international film festivals including multiple premieres at Sundance, the Berlinale, Cannes, Rotterdam, Locarno, Toronto, The New York Film Festival, La Cinematheque Francaise, British Film Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA in New York, MOCA and LACMA in LA.

 Menkes’s honors include a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an AFI Independent Filmmaker Award, a Creative Capital Award and an International Critic’s Award.

Two of Menkes’s early feature films, Queen of Diamonds and The Bloody Child, both starring Tinka Menkes, were selected for restoration by the Academy Film Archive and Scorsese’s Film Foundation. Most recently, Menkes has been touring with her 2022 feature documentary Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power.

Menkes holds an MFA in Film Production from UCLA, is a directing member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

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