Wendy Snyder MacNeil

Wendy Snyder MacNeil

Fellow: Awarded 1973

Field of Study: Photography

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 10-15-1943

Died: 07-20-2016

Website: http://vsw.org/afterimage/2016/08/15/in-memoriam-wendy-snyder-macneil-1943-2016/

Wendy-Snyder MacNeil, Sunset Hill Films director, producer, and editor, was a photographer before turning to filmmaking.  Her photographs are in many permanent collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Her entire photo archive is currently being accessioned and catalogued at the Mira Godard Study Centre of Ryerson University in Toronto.

In addition to her Guggenheim Fellowship, she has received fellowships from the NEA, the American Film Institute/New England Regional Film/Video, and the Bunting Institute.  Her film Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions was cited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as "one of the outstanding documentaries of 2000." It won many awards and was screened in festivals around the world. 

From 1976 to 2007, MacNeil taught photography and video at the Rhode Island School of Design. Following her tenure at RISD, she released her first short narrative film, The Go Cart (2008). Currently she is working with filmmakers Jeremy Leach and Aoife Nugent of Lost City Pictures on a new narrative feature; in addition her film company is producing Rebecca Upjohn's story The Footsteps and the Mountain, with animation and music by Noah MacNeil.

For a more complete filmography and more information about Wendy-Snyder MacNeil, please visit her website.