|Cathy Lee Crane|
Cathy Lee Crane (media artist) is the recipient of the 2009 NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Artist Fellowship for Film. She first began making films in the late 1980s under the tutelage of experimental filmmaker Marjorie Keller.
Having received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1990, Cathy moved to the West Coast to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts degree at San Francisco State University. While there, she was nominated for and won numerous awards including the prestigious Eastman Kodak scholarship in 1997 as "one of the United States' most promising talents of the future generation of filmmakers." In addition to numerous international film festival screenings, her short films have received the following recognition.
Not for Nothin' (1996) won best black-and-white cinematography in a short film at the 1996 Cork International Film Festival in Ireland. Time Out/New York called it "a lush, meditative film that eschews stylistic and narrative convention."
Sketches after Halle (1997) was awarded best experimental film at the 1998 CSU Media Arts Festival in California.
The Girl from Marseilles (2000) won a Golden Gate Certificate of Merit in New Visions from the San Francisco International Film Festival and received its world premiere at the 2000 Vienna International Film Festival. RE/Search magazine hailed it as "a rare experience of art, a gorgeously photographed film poem." It is now a part of the permanent collection at the Forum des Images in Paris.
All of her short films have been broadcast on television in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland by ZDF and were presented in a special filmmaker portrait in Germany at the Oldenburg Film Festival in April 2001 as well as in the United States on the Southern Circuit in March 2003. She has also directed music videos, created installations, and photographed numerous films for other directors, including I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts, the feature-length documentary project she also researched for Harun Farocki.
As the recipient of a 2001 Individual Artist Media Arts Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission she launched the production of her full-length film Unoccupied Zone: The Impossible Life of Simone Weil (2006) which received the Jury Award in Narrative from the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) in 2006, toured the Southern Circuit in 2008, and was the centerpiece for two events at Cornell University and St. Olaf College celebrating the centennial of Weil's birth in 2009.
In the last few years, she completed two projects on 16mm. Adrift, a short film shot in Rome, enjoyed its world premiere at the Big Muddy Festival in 2009 and is included in the DVD compilation The Journal of Short Film No. 21. On the Line received its world premiere at the Athens International Film Festival in 2010.