MM Serra is an experimental filmmaker, curator, author, educator and the Executive Director of Film-Makers' Cooperative, the world's oldest and largest archive of independent media. Her first five films (NYC, 1985, Nightfall, 1984, Framed, 1984, PPI, 1986, Turner, 1987) were preserved and digitized by Anthology Film Archives Preservation series Re-Visions: American Experimental Film 1975-1990. The series “spotlights…the generation of experimental film artists who emerged after the final formation in 1975 of AFA’s Essential Cinema repertory screening cycle.” Anthology describes Serra’s five films as a “DIY Lower East Side spirit, but introduces a distinctive of lyrical eroticism.” In 2015, Serra was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts for Enduring Ornament and in 2016 Serra received a New York Council on the Arts for a new film titled Mary Magdalene that was exhibited at the NY Media Center in August 2017.
On June 6th, 2013 MM Serra was a recipient of the Kathy Acker Award for Lifetime Achievement of Excellence in Avant-Garde Art.
In 2015, her film titled Enduring Ornament (with Josh Lewis) premiered at the Onion City Film Festival, The Berlin Biennale Short Film Cloud, XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin, including festivals in Mexico, Paris and Canada.
Serra’s film Breathe Deep (2012) was awarded the Directors’ Choice prize at the Black Maria Film Festival. In June 2012, Serra had a retrospective of her film work at Anthology Film Archives. Serra was invited to the International School of Cinema and Television (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba to present and discuss her film Bitch-Beauty in a Cinema as Death program. Bitch-Beauty premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 3rd, 2011 in the “Views of the Avant-Garde” screening series.
Her film, Chop Off, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight Series in 2009. In Fall 2010, Serra curated, Counter Culture, Counter Cinema: An Avant Garde Film Festival, a seven program, three day event at the Pacific Design Center with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2007 - 2008, Serra was the curator of a six-part experimental film series titled “Cinema of the Unusual” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Serra also curated and traveled with the show “New York Experimental” in Warsaw and Paznan, Poland. Serra was also invited by the Office of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Norway to lecture at and curate a two hour program titled “Art (core): Avant Garde and the Cinematic Body”. Her chapter on the work of Carolee Schneemann, titled “Eye/Body: The Cinematic Paintings of Carolee Schneemann”, was published in Anthology of Experimental Filmmakers by Duke University Press in 2007, and a second printing in 2008.
On July 27, 2017, MM Serra “Early Film 1982-1987” – six titles screened the Cineinfinito #19 in Spain.
MM Serra was an artist-in-residence at the MVD Cinema Experimental in Montevideo, Uruguay in November 2016.
MM Serra teaches in the Media Studies program at the New School for Social Research on topics such as horror films, sex and gender (until 2016) as well as Avant-Garde and the Moving Image. Serra presented a lecture at Columbia University Seminar on Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretations her lecture/screening was titled “The New American Visions Series in September 2012.
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