Experimental Film Series Part 2: The Contemporaries

By Caitlin Diaz

Part Two of this series focuses on a small portion of contemporaries whose work embodies the essence of the genre, yet continues to expand its parameters. There truly are no limits to what can be considered experimental and avant-garde cinema. The very nature of the word encompasses so much that it may never (and probably should never) be rigidly defined. Many embrace the digital age and implement ever-changing technologies, while others continue to celebrate and explore the medium it was founded on: celluloid. Below you can explore a wide range of films by artists and filmmakers whose work touches on the personal, political, playful and technical aspects of their lives and the mediums they use to express themselves.


If you or someone you know are making films of this nature, please comment with the website/links/names! We’d love to see the work of our community and those they admire!

Solitary Acts #4 by Nazli Dinçel (2015)

Solitary Acts #4 by Nazli Dinçel (2015)

Peggy Ahwesh

Philosophy in the Bedroom, Part 1: https://vimeo.com/61443360

Philosophy in the Bedroom, Part 2: https://vimeo.com/61444216

Nocturne: https://vimeo.com/136435158


Basma Alsharif




Pia Borg




Maïa Cybelle Carpenter




Cecile Fontaine



Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain



Vivir para Vivir by Laida Lertxundi (2015)

Vivir para Vivir by Laida Lertxundi (2015)

Laida Lertxundi



Lisa Marr


Akosua Adoma Owusu



Annalisa D. Quagliata



Chloe Reyes

(esquema María by Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez)

(esquema María by Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez)

Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez



Jennifer Saparzadeh



Naomi Uman


Ana Vaz



“I think what can be problematic about art is that the art market is for people who have access to it… There’s this kind of border there too, which is also problematic. And even the idea of an artist as being somebody that we exalt somehow, that’s separate from other people… this is so unfortunate because really, everybody is born with the sensibility of art and creation in them, these questions and thoughts, desires and unknowns. I’ve always wondered the way to promote one’s work into a space that it wouldn’t normally belong. Like experimental film- for me, it feels like the most natural kind of film that everyone can see and love- and I think they would if they had access to it! But it gets petitioned off. People should have access to art, and it should be able to have this place of resistance but I think this gets in the way.” - Jennifer Saparzadeh in an interview for Desistfilm


Caitlin Díaz (@shinykid) is an artist, filmmaker, colorist and archivist from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California where she works as a film editor and colorist. Her films explore the human psyche and the processes that surround individual experience. Memory (both real and imagined), land (borders) and female intuition are running themes throughout her work. By combining analog, digital and direct filmmaking techniques, her filmic language celebrates the past while pushing the technical and theoretical boundaries of the present.


Frente a Frente

Puras Illusiones - Mood Board (feature film)