Cathy Lee Crane Named 2013 Guggenheim Fellow

Cathy Lee Crane, associate professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies, was named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in Film/Video.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

The Guggenheim Fellowship will support Crane's upcoming project -- a production of a speculative history on how the United States entered World War I as told through the story of one girl's adoption by a butcher in 1917.

Students of Ithaca College will be invited to participate in producing scenes of this film in the Park School soundstage as part of a Cinema Production Practicum course offered in the SP14 semester. If you are interested in enrolling in that class, please contact Professor Crane directly at to attend an informational session in FA13.

About Cathy Crane:

Crane has crafted lyrical films on 16mm for nearly twenty years. Combining archival and staged material, her award-winning shorts include the adaptation of a novel by Andre Breton, an investigation into the German town of Halle through the paintings of Lionel Feininger, and an early sound musical with San Francisco legend Rodney O’Neal Austin as Louise Brooks. She has collaborated on numerous installations as cinematographer or projection designer including I Thought I was Seeing Convicts by Harun Farocki. Her two long-form biographical films re-invent the form by staging her subjects’ thought as spectral theatre. The films about Simone Weil and Pier Paolo Pasolini are elegiac essays that utilize rear screen projection as a means by which actors undo the fiction of re-enactment.

To view her bio on the Guggenheim Fellowship website, visit: For her professional website:

Photo credit: Emily Gan

Originally published in Intercom: Cathy Lee Crane Named 2013 Guggenheim Fellow