Baba Hillman, Five College Associate Professor of Film and Video, grew up in Japan, Venezuela and Panama. She received a B.A. in French Literature from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Film and Performance from the University of California, San Diego.
Her films have screened at festivals and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Film Forum, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Rencontres Paris/Berlin, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Cinéma La Clef, Paris, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Yaounde, Brotfabrik, Berlin, MIX Brazil and European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck.
Hillman was director of Teatro Movimento, a multi-media performance group based in Florence, Italy. She has worked as a performer and choreographer with Etienne Decroux, Eleanor Antin and Sledgehammer Theatre, and has taught film and performance in France, Italy and Canada.
Her films include “Decroux’s Garden,” “Jacumba Song,” “Fati and Aissatta,” and “Passage du Désir,” a feature length experimental film shot on Super 8 and 16mm film in Paris and Madrid. Hillman’s films explore transience, language, memory and the politics of landscape and the body. Combining performance, poetry, and multilinguality, the films move within diverse, often disparate cinematic and performative languages, at the intersection of these languages where they remain in tension, or continual negotiation and translation. Hillman is currently working on “Mawâqi’ al-nujum,” a film that combines hybrid narrative and essayistic approaches in an exploration of the theme of the journey and modes of perception and learning in the work of Arab Andalusian poet and philosopher Ibn ‘Arabi.
Hillman has received awards and grants for her work from the French Ministry of Culture, the Whiting Foundation, the California Arts Council, the Maryland Arts Council and the Italian city governments of Florence, Lecce and Certaldo. Her work is distributed by Canyon Cinema, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and Collectif Jeune Cinéma in Paris.
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