Lisa Marr

Lisa MarrArtist’s Statement

I am an artist, an educator, an activist and an instigator. Although I work in a variety of mediums, experimental analog filmmaking has been my primary focus for the past dozen years, both individually and as part of my work with Echo Park Film Center and the EPFC Filmmobile.

My work is grounded in community collaboration and public exchange. It celebrates the extraordinary in the everyday and the inherent creativity in everybody. I’m inspired by intimate, handmade artwork of all kinds. In the film realm, my influences include silent movies, home movies, amateur travelogues, diary films, direct animation, scratched emulsion, multiple projections, toy cameras, cinematic chain letters, plant-based processing, visual music, day for night, shaggy dog stories, found footage, film bees, eccentricities, epiphanies, accidents, coincidences, crossroads and common threads. It’s about process over product, technique over technology, collectivism over capitalism, and Do It Together over Do It Yourself. It’s about scale and place and possibility.

The films I make and the films I love are devices of wonder. The magic of the moving image is a catalyst that activates individuals and transforms communities.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Natural History, A Free School, Los Angeles, CA
Echo Park Film Center Road Show,
The Hanoi Bicycle Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Sound We See: City Symphonies in the 21st Century,
Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
Imagined Cinemas,
Blaak 10 Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Select Group Exhibitions

Films from Echo Park Film Center,
Distrital, Mexico City, Mexico
Burning Bungalows: Experimental Film and Animation from LA,
National Tour, USA

Likuvarnya, Museum of Tripolian Culture, Legedzine, Ukraine

The Candahar, Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver,Canada

Select Community-based Artwork

Out The Window, Freewaves/Public Matters/UCLA REMAP, Los Angeles, CA

The Sound We See: A Guwahati City Symphony,
Desire Machine Collective, Guwahati, India

The Sound We See: A Hanoi City Symphony,
Doclab/Goethe Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Sound We See: A Rotterdam City Symphony , WORM/Creating 010/RAIR/Piet Zwarte Institute/Willem de Kooning Academy,
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Select Fellowships and Awards

Cultural Exchange International Fellowship, Department of Cultural Affairs,
Los Angeles and British Council, UK

Open Electives Fellowship, National Institute of Design, Guwahati, India

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant

Research Fellowship, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands


B.F.A., 1988
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada