Bryan KonefskyPrincipal Lecturer
Bryan Konefsky is a cultural worker dedicated to the advancement of un-dependent, experimental and personal cinema through his work as moving image artist, teacher, lecturer and film festival director. He teaches courses in moving image production and critical studies in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico, where he was honored in 2009 with a university-wide Teacher of the Year award.
Konefsky is the president of Basement Films (a community-based arts non-profit organization), founder and director of Experiments in Cinema, an annual international film festival that showcases cinematic experimentation from around the world. He served as a panelist for the New Mexico Film Office’s New Visions filmmaking awards; he is a member of the board of advisors for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (the oldest independent festival in the United States), a guest curator for the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and an experimental film judge for Videofest sponsored by the Dallas Video Association in Texas.
Konefsky lectures at colleges and universities internationally, among them the University of Applied Sciences in Wurzburg, Germany; the University of Pisa in Italy; Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia; Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea; the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada; the University of California at Santa Cruz; Ohio University; and the University of Michigan.
Konefsky’s work has been published in Peripheral Produce, The Art of Pixelvision, Forgotten Cassettes, Incite, Canyon Cinema, The Appropriation Alliance, Precious Realm, The Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, Thinking Through Digital Media, and Otherzine. His moving image work has been supported by grants from the McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Arts, The New Mexico Humanities Council, Instituto Cervantes, The New Mexico Film Office, The Moon and Stars Project for the American Turkish Society, The Albuquerque Film Office, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Trust For Mutual Understanding, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Konefsky has presented his own films and curated programs internationally at venues such as Blinding Light Cinema in Vancouver, the Videoex Festival in Switzerland, the Erarta Museum for Contemporary Art in Russia, the Paris Underground Film Festival in France, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Scotland, Cinema Ritrovato in Italy, L’Alternativa Festival in Barcelona, Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana, the Oslo Film Institute in Norway, the European Media Arts Festival in Germany, The Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento in Buenos Aires, The Alternative Film/Video Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, the Long Beach Museum of Art in California, and the premiere experimental film venues in New York City, Anthology Film Archives and Millennium Film Workshop.
- MA216 Introduction to Moving Image Art
- MA330/430 Recent Trends in Moving Image Art
- MA330/430 I Drive Therefore I Am: Car Culture and the Speed of Light
- MA409 Advanced Moving Image Art
- MA429 Experiments in Cinema (film festival)
- MA429 New Mexico Filmmaking Redux: Time and Place
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How to Apply
- All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM.
- You must also apply to the College of Fine Arts as a pre-major or a major.
- In addition IFDM majors must apply to become a major. There is no separate application for Media Arts majors.