Competition: US & Canada
Todd Chandler is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores American rituals, landscapes, and systems of power. His films and installations have been featured at True/False, IDFA, Doclisboa, ICA London, Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Mass MoCA. He has received awards and fellowships from Creative Capital, Sundance Institute, Field of Vision, International Documentary Association, Points North Institute, Jerome Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Chandler has participated in residencies at Yaddo, Wexner Center, and Experimental Media Performing Arts Center. His film Bulletproof screened at over two dozen festivals worldwide and won him the Hot Docs International Emerging Filmmaker Award. Bulletproof was broadcast on Independent Lens (PBS) and was called “dreamlike and startling” by the New York Times and “a quiet gut punch of a film” by the Guardian. As an artist he works collaboratively and across disciplines. He has created immersive drive-in theater installations from salvaged materials, floated down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers on hand-built sculptural rafts, orchestrated national tours of his live-cinema work at museums, universities, rock clubs, backyards, bike shops, and assorted DIY spaces, and organized multi-day music festivals in the wilds of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College.