Bryan Konefsky

Bryan Konefsky
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Bryan Konefsky is a cultural worker dedicated to the advancement of independent, experimental media arts through his work as a moving image artist, teacher, lecturer and film festival director.
From 1995–2020, he taught moving image production and critical studies through 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 was an invited lecturer in the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2003–2018. Presently, he lectures at Dongguk University in South Korea. 
Konefsky is the founder and director of Experiments in Cinema, an annual international film festival in Albuquerque that showcases cinematic experimentation from around the world. Additionally, he is the president of Basement Films, one of the few remaining first-generation micro cinemas in the United States. He served as a panelist for the New Mexico Film Office's New Visions filmmaking awards and The National Endowment for the Arts. Konefsky is a member of the board of advisors for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (the oldest experimental festival in the United States) and has been 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 Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia; 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 by Edinburgh University Press, The Alternative Film and Video Festival in Belgrade Serbia, Peripheral Produce, Incite, The Appropriation Alliance, Precious Realm, and Otherzine. Konefsky's moving image work has been supported by grants from the McCune Charitable Foundation, The Albuquerque Community Foundation, New Mexico Humanities Council, New Mexico Arts, 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. His own films and installations have been presented 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, The BIM Festival in Buenos Aires, Cinema Ritrovato in Italy, the Oslo Film Institute in Norway, the European Media Arts Festival in Germany, 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.