Jo Ann Kaplan on Maya Deren

Artist Jo Ann Kaplan outlines the remarkable work of avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren, and the latter's influence on female independent directors. She expresses her admiration for Deren's collaborations with her husband, Alexander Hammid, with whom she made Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), her best known work.

Kaplan acknowledges Deren's pioneering techniques, such as doubling images and using split screen, which today would be more easily achieved through digital technology, and the influence on her own work, illustrated by a clip from The Story of I (1997).


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