David Finkelstein

David Finkelstein

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Film - Video

Competition: US & Canada

David Finkelstein’s videos combine meticulously crafted digital imagery with original music and improvised text to explore inner reality in an elliptical and poetic manner. He bases these works on improvised performances in which the actors collaborate to craft a verbal landscape from an inner world. He then composes a musical score and creates a complex visual environment to help the viewer perceive the tremendous thematic and emotional unity which underlies the fluidity of the improvisation.

He created over 30 full-length theater works between 1982 and 1993. Venues included: Symphony Space, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dixon Place, and many others.

He was as an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research in New York in 1997, where he both taught improvisation technique and performed at the Judson Church. He has taught improvisation extensively.

Since 2000, he has made 28 short films and two features. His work has been featured in numerous film festivals around the world and has won multiple awards. His two feature films premiered at Anthology Film Archives (New Filmmakers) in New York. He has had solo screenings of his films in Spain, England, Portugal, and the United States. His work has been funded by multiple sources.

Photo Credit: Keith Gemerik

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