April 29, 1917 (Kiev, Ukraine, Russia)
Oct. 13, 1961
The Witch’s Cradle (unfinished) (with Marcel Duchamp)
The Very Eye of Night (1959)
Mediation on Violence (1948)
Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946)
A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945)
At Land (1944)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) (with Alexander Hammid)
Real name: Eleanora Derenkowsky.
Was also an accomplished choreographer and much of her film work is influenced by her dance performance background.
Later in her career, she became interested in Haitian voodoo and worked on a documentary about the subject that was never completed.
Won the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix Internationale in 1947.
Died of a brain hemorrhage.
Most of her films are available on a DVD from Mystic Fire Video.
In the Mirror of Maya Deren was a well-received documentary about her life and filmmaking.
Film Books About Maya Deren:
An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan (E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1967) (Published simultaneously in Canada by Clarke, Irwin and Company, Limited, Toronto and Vancouver) (Indexed on p. 301.)