Maya Deren b. Indeed, she continues to inspire a wide range of artists, from filmmakers to visual artists and musicians. As most film historians agree, it carved a path for the American avant-garde and gave rise to underground cinema, shepherding European modernism into the film experiments of such filmmakers as Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, Andy Warhol, David Lynch, and Cindy Sherman. She was also a prolific writer and dedicated activist for film art.
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University of California Pr Bolero Ozon. Bill Nichols , Maya Deren. Regarded as one of the founders of the postwar American independent cinema, the legendary Maya Deren was a poet, photographer, ethnographer, filmmaker and impresario.
Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer, and photographer. The function of film, Deren believed, was to create an experience. Using editing, multiple exposures , jump-cutting, superimposition , slow-motion, and other camera techniques to her fullest advantage, Deren abandoned established notions of physical space and time, resulting in a stream of consciousness approach. One of the most influential experimental films in American cinema was Meshes of the Afternoon , her collaboration with Alexander Hammid.