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Daniel Eisenberg

Daniel Eisenberg has been making films and videos at the edges of documentary and experimental media for thirty years. His films have been screened throughout Europe, Asia, and North America with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, the Hirshhorn Museum, the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Musée du Cinema, Brussels; De Unie, Rotterdam; and Kino Arsenal, Berlin among many others. His films have been shown in the Berlin Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the London Film Festival; the Jerusalem Film Festival; FIDMarseille, and the Whitney Biennial, New York. His work has also been featured in many conferences and symposia, including the first International Walter Benjamin Conference, Portbou-Barcelona, Spain. Eisenberg's films have won numerous award s, fellowships, and honors. Among these are the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the D.A.A.D. Berliner Künstlerprogramm Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship, a Creative Capital grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Awards include the Prix Georges De Beauregard International at FIDMarseilles, arc+film Festival, Graz, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, New England Film Festival. His films are included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Arsenal-Experimentale, Berlin, the Nederlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, the Haus des Dokumentarfilm, Stuttgart, and many university, art, and film school collections. He has also researched and edited documentaries for National Public Television, including Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, and Vietnam: A Television History. In 2010, Black Dog Publishing, London, released the mono graph, "POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg," edited by Jeffrey Skoller, with essays by Raymond Bellour, Tom Gunning, Jeffrey Skoller, Nora Alter, Christa Blümlinger, Scott Durham, Leora Auslander, and Daniel Eisenberg. Eisenberg lives and works in Chicago and is a Professor in the departments of Film/Video/New Media/Animation, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Filmography

Recent Reviews

Something More than Night

Night in the city - the buildings seem more "alive" when lit up and the people who live and work and relax and quietly go about their lives are like...


Displaced Person

Thankfully brief. Some interesting ideas. Unfortunately it misses the target. DP's were mostly non-Jews, so a better imago would have fit the theme better. I'm not disagreeing with the topic,...


Displaced Person

The first of Eisenberg's films that I have seen, and it's certainly an unsettling concoction; the oft-stunning shots of Paris naturally rendered disturbing by the presence of Hitler and its...


Displaced Person

Layer upon layer of artifact: the contemplative philosophy of code, language, etc. as narrative, atop the classical music, against subtle looping of diffuse, low contrast silent film footage of German...


Something More than Night

3 1/2_not much happens but the images are great sometimes beautiful_so really cool visually & a cool soundtrack with maybe a handful of spoken words_really well done