Fellow: Awarded 2018
Field of Study: Film - Video
Competition: US & Canada
Shevaun Mizrahi is a director and cinematographer whose work explores time and memory using an experimental approach ranging from ethnography to magical realism. Her debut documentary Distant Constellation premiered at Locarno Festival 2017 winning the Jury Special Mention Award.
Shevaun shot and directed Distant Constellation as a one-woman crew over a 6 year period. The visual language of the film has been compared by critics to Andrei Tarkovsky, Pedro Costa, Roy Andersson and Jia Zhangke. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and included in Film Comment's "Best Undistributed Films of 2017."
For many years, Shevaun worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman. In 2015, she was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film and prior to that she was a Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film, via Sony Pictures Classics. Shevaun’s films have been screened at BFI London Film Festival, IDFA, Jeonju International Film Festival (Best Picture Prize), the Viennale (FIPRESCI Critics Prize), Seville Film Festival (New Waves Non-Fiction Award), Göteborg Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest and True/False among many others. Her work has been supported by the IFP Documentary Lab, IFP Project Forum, !f Istanbul DocLab, the True/False Catapult Lab, New York Women in Film & Television, the Israeli New Film Fund for Cinema and Television, and the Turkish New Film Fund.
Shevaun received her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. from the Graduate Film program at NYU. Before shifting to film, Shevaun was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for photography. Her images have been exhibited at the Smithsonian of American Art, along with being in their permanent collection, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She is currently developing her next feature film.