RODDY BOGAWA

BORN IN LOS ANGELES. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK CITY.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

 

TAKEN BY STORM: THE ART OF STORM THORGERSON AND HIPGNOSIS

            (95 mins., color, 16mm, 2011)

 

MEMYSELFANDI (12 mins., color, Beta-Sp, 2010)

 

I WAS BORN, BUT… (90 mins., color, 16mm, 2004)

 

I’M SIMPLY OVERWHELMED, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY - THANK YOU ALL VERY  MUCH. GOOD NIGHT. (21 mins., B&W/color, Beta-SP, 2002)

 

JUNK (85 mins., Color, 16mm, 1999)

 

THE IMAGINED, THE LONGED-FOR, THE CONQUERED, AND THE SUBLIME (8 1/2 mins., Color, Beta-SP)

 

IF ANDY WARHOL'S SUPER-8 CAMERA COULD TALK? (3 1/2 mins., Color, 16mm, 1993)

 

SOME DIVINE WIND (72 mins., B&W/Color, 16mm, 1991)

 

FOUR OR FIVE ACCIDENTS, ONE JUNE...  (25 mins., B&W, 16mm, 1989)

 

A SMALL ROOM IN THE BIG HOUSE (15 mins., B&W, 16mm, 1988) 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2013    Museum of Modern Art, Mid-Career Retrospective, “If Films Could Smell”

 

2012    Museum of Modern Art, Centerpiece Film, Documentary Fortnight

Pacific Northwest Film Center, Seattle

2011    South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin

 

2010    Museum of Modern Art, New York

            Chicago Underground Film Festival

 

2008    Fordham Universtity, Center Gallery, “Video Landscapes”

 

2007    San Francisco Cinematheque, “Crazy Rays”

            Vancouver Asian Film Festival

 

2006    Museum of Modern Art, New York

            Director’s Lounge, Berlin

            Barcelona Asian Film Festival (competition)

 

2005    Redcat, Los Angeles

            Asian American International Film Festival

            San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival

 

2004    The New York Underground Film Festival, Closing Night Film

            (Festival Choice Award)

            Chicago Underground Film Festival    

Asian American International Film Festival

Ocularis, Brooklyn

            Cinema Classics, New York

 

2003    Black Maria Film and Video Festival (Third Prize)

            Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden

            D.U.M.B.O Short Film Festival

 

2002    Robert Flaherty Seminar

      New York Underground Film Festival

            Cinematexas International Film Festival

            Asian American International Film Festival

 

2001    Exground FilmFest, Wiesbaden

            San Francisco Art Institute, “Worlds In Collision”

            New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, New York

           

2000    Museum of Modern Art, New York, “Cineprobe - Roddy Bogawa”

            San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival

            Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

            VC Filmfest 2000, Los Angeles.        

            Black Maria Film and Video Festival (Director’s Citation Prize)

 

1999   Museum of Modern Art, New York, “Strand Releasing survey”

The New York Underground Film Festival

           Chicago Asian American Showcase (closing night film program)

 

1998   Museum of Modern Art, New York, “Newsreel at 30”

           Huntington Beach Art Center, “Surf Vietnam”

           Soho Rep, New York, “Does Thinking Take Place Out Loud?”

 

1997  Guggenheim Museum, New York, "Rooms with a View"

           Harn Museum, Gainesville

          “Constant”, Brussels

 

1996    Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, “The Imagined, The Longed-for, The Conquered, and the Sublime”

 

1995    New York Film Festival (video sidebar)

            Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, "Biennial Exhibition"

            Fukuoka Asian Film Festival, Japan (competition)

            Black Maria Film and Video Festival, New Jersey, (Director's Choice Prize)

            Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (competition)

            Robert Flaherty Seminar, Ithaca, "Reframing Technology"

 

1994    P.S. 1 Museum, New York, "L'Hiver De L'Amour"

            Threadwaxing Space, New York, "Crash"    

            L.A. Film Forum, "Scratching the Belly of the Beast"

            Saint-Gervais GenŹve, Geneva, "Self/Collective Identity"

 

1993    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, "Biennial Exhibition"

            Moderna Museet, Stockholm, "Rött Snitt"

            Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, "Word of Mouth"

            Acker Art, Berlin

            Friesenwall Gallery, Cologne

            Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, "June" 

            Nordanstad Gallery, New York

 

1992    Sundance Film Festival, Park City (dramatic competition)

            Museum of Modern Art, New York, "Cineprobe: Roddy Bogawa"

            Independent Focus, Thirteen-WNET, New York

            Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, "Interrogating Identity"

            NAATA Asian American International Film Showcase, San Francisco

            Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

            Hallwalls, Buffalo

 

1991    Mannheim International Film Festival (competition)

            AFI L.A. FILMFEST, Los Angeles

            Hawaii International Film Festival

            Robert Flaherty Seminar, Ithaca         

            Cornell Cinema, Ithaca

            Exit Art, New York, "Parallel History-The Hybrid State"

            Independent Focus, Thirteen-WNET, New York

            Asian American International Film Festival, New York

            Los Angeles Asian Pacific American International Film Festival

            Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus    

 

1990    Asian American Film Festival/Image Forum, Tokyo (toured)

            Independent Focus, Thirteen-WNET, New York

            SEGUE, New York, "Fresh Film"

            The Knitting Factory, New York, "Fresh Film"

 

1989    The Collective for Living Cinema, New York

            Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, "Avant-Garde Comedies"

            Los Angeles Asian Pacific American International Film Festival

            Installation Gallery, San Diego, "Urban Cinema"

 

1988    Asian American International Film Festival, New York (toured)

            Sushi Gallery, San Diego, "EXCHANGE"

            MEDIA, San Francisco 

 

1987    Asian American International Film Festival, New York

 

AWARDS

 

New York State Council on the Arts award. 2006.

American Center Foundation. 2004.

Experimental Television award. 2003.

Creative Capital Foundation award. 1999.

New York State Council on the Arts, distribution award. 1999.

Art Matters, Inc., production grant. 1996.

Jerome Foundation Independent Filmmaker grant. 1994.

New York State Council on the Arts award. 1993.

New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship. 1993.

New York State Council on the Arts, distribution award. 1992.

Jerome Foundation Independent Filmmaker grant. 1990.

New York State Council on the Arts award. 1990.

Art Matters, Inc., production grant. 1989.

Russell Foundation award. 1988.

Louis B. Mayer Foundation production grant. 1988.

 

LECTURES/SYMPOSIA

 

Panel Member, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, “Down and Dirty Pictures” with Gregg Araki and Jon Moritsugu. 2007.

Jury Member, ITVS Open Call 2004.

Jury Member, New Jersey Young Film and Videomaker’s Festival. 2002.

Reader, ITVS Open Call 2001, 2004.

Conference Participant, “Worlds In Collision”, San Francisco Art Institute 2001.

Jury Member, New Jersey Young Film and Videomakers Festival. 2001.

Pre-screener, Black Maria Film and Video Festival. 2001.

Jury Member, Cinematexas Film Festival, Austin, 2000.

Visiting Artist, University of Texas, Austin. 2000.

Panel Member, “The State of the Art(ists), San Francisco, Asian American International Film Festival. 2000.

Panel Member, Electronic Media and Film Program, New York State Council on the Arts. 2000.

Panel Member, IFC Student Film Competition, New York. 1999.

Panel Member, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore. 1997.

Visiting Artist, New School for Social Research, New York, "Cinema Innovators". 1997.

Panel Member, New York State Council on the Arts, New York,

Film Production Panel for Individual Artists. 1996.

Panel Member, Society for Cinema Studies Conference, New York, "Retrieving the Imagination: Critical Fictions". 1995.

Artist Mentor, Film/Video Arts, New York.

Visiting Artist, Sarah Lawrence College. 1994.

Jury Member, New England Film and Video Festival. 1994.

Visiting Artist, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester. 1994.

Panel Member, First National Asian American Arts Conference, New York, "Beyond Boundaries". 1993.

Lecturer, Royal Academy for the Arts, Stockholm. 1993.

Visiting Artist, Middlebury College. 1993.

Visiting Artist, Cooper Union, New York.  1993.

Visiting Artist, Wesleyan University. 1992.

Curator, Artist Space, New York. "Coming Attractions: New Narratives on Race and Sexuality". May 1990.         

Selection Committee Member, Asian American International Film Festival, New York. Solicited and chose work for 1991,1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002 festivals.

Lecturer, The New School for Social Research, New York,

"East Meets West" Seminar. 1990.

Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles, "Advanced Documentary" Seminar. 1989. May 13, 1993.

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Ronnie Scheib, “I Was Born, But…”, Variety, August 8, 2004.

Spencer Parsons, “New York Underground Film Festival”, Filmmaker Magazine, online, May 4, 2004.

Kimberly Chun, “Reel Appeal”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 9, 2005.

Dennis Harvey, “JUNK”, Variety, March 27-April 2, 2000.

Amy Taubin, “At a Spotty Indie Showcase, Less is More”, The Village Voice, October 12, 1999.

Rea Tajiri, “Filmmaker Rea Tajiri talks with Director Roddy Bogawa”, Cinevue. pp.31-32.

Gary Dauphin, “Thrills and Chills”, The Village Voice, March 16, 1999.

Gary Dauphin, “Collective Call”, The Village Voice,  October 6, 1998.   

Roberta Smith, “A Channel-Surfing Experience with Beanbag Chairs and Gym”. The New York Times, April 25, 1997.

Peter Feng, "In Search of Asian American Cinema", Cineaste Vol. XXI, Nos. 1-2, 1995.

Gita Reddy, "Culture Clash", A Magazine, Vol. 2 #2, Winter 1993.

Edward Iwata, "Asian Movies Take Flight, Filmmakers Making Move into the Mainstream", The Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section,

John G. Hanhardt, "Media Art Worlds: New Expressions in Film and Video, 1991-1993",1993 Biennial Exhibition Catalog.

Hilton Als, "two character play", frieze, Issue 10, May 1993.

Lawrence Chua, "Unusually Moving Pictures", ArtForum International, May 1993.

Ira Sachs, "Looking for Chan: Mapping Identity in Asian American Cinema", Off Hollywood Report, Vol. 7 #1, Spring 1992.

Coco Fusco, "Stateless Hybrids: An Introduction", The Hybrid State Films, November 1991.                      

Beth Coleman, "Home Works-Some Divine Wind", The Village Voice, Vol. XXXVI No. 27, July 2, 1991. pp. 67-68.

Jackie McGrath, "Screen Studies", The San Diego Reader, June 8, 1989. pp. 1, 5, 6.

Daryl Chin, "Some Recent Notes on Asian Cinema", Image Forum,No. 103, February 1989.

Manohla Dargis, "Countercurrents-Tuff Turf", The Village Voice, Vol. XXXIII No. 29, July 19, 1988. pp. 63-64.

J. Hoberman, "Wind From the East", The Village Voice, Vol. XXXIII No. 26, June 28, 1988. pp. 87-88.

 

PUBLISHED WRITING

 

“If Films Could Smell”, YARD magazine, Issue 3, 2004.

“I Wish I Had Chantal Akerman’s Cojones”, Cinevue, 2002.

"Territorial Pissings: The Drive-by, the Car Jack, The Club", Purple Prose No. 7, 1994. pp. 54-55.

"Andy's Legacy", frieze Special Issue on Andy Warhol, April 1994.

"The (Process) Art of Film: Leslie Thornton", Purple Prose No. 6, 1994.

"Expansion/Exchange/Expenditure: a conversation with Michael Joo" DOCUMENTS, #3.

"Re: Post (art)", Purple Prose, No. 3, 1993. pp. 45-47.

"The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss (HIPPY PORN by Jon Moritsugu)" Purple Prose, No. 1, 1992. pp. 50-52.

"An(Other) Reflection on Race?", MOVING THE IMAGE: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts,1991. pp. xiii, xvii, 208, 264.

"Some Divine Wind (excerpts): The State of  (some) Things", Motion Picture, Winter 1989-90. pp. 47-48.

 

EDUCATION

 

Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. 1989-90.

M.F.A., Film, University of California, San Diego. 1989.

B.A., Media Production, University of California, San Diego. 1985.

 

WORK

 

Chair, Associate Professor (tenured) New Jersey City University

Board of Trustees Member, Thomas Edison Consortium

                        

Film work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York,

the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

 

 

 

BIO

 

New York filmmaker Roddy Bogawa’s work is known for its investigation of history and culture via lyrical low-fi means and innovative narrative structures. He has made three feature films, I WAS BORN, BUT… (2004), JUNK (1999), and SOME DIVINE WIND (1991) and numerous shorts including IF ANDY WARHOL’S SUPER-8 CAMERA COULD TALK (1993), A SMALL ROOM IN THE BIG HOUSE (1988), THE IMAGINED, THE LONGED-FOR, THE CONQUERED, AND THE SUBLIME (1996), and I’M SIMPLY OVERWHELMED, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY – THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. GOOD NIGHT (2002). He studied art and played in punk bands before turning to filmmaking receiving his MFA degree from the University of California at San Diego where he made his first two short films which have screened extensively in festivals, museums, and national and international art galleries. In 1991, he directed his first feature, the experimental narrative SOME DIVINE WIND. A mixture of fictional and documentary material, this expressionistic film focused on the paradox of assimilation while trying to hold on to one’s cultural perspective. The film was selected for the Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition), the Mannheim International Film Festival (Germany), the Asian American International Film Festival (New York), the Hawaii International Film Festival, and the Fukuoka Asian Film Festival (Japan). SOME DIVINE WIND has also shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the 1993 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has been broadcast on New York WNET’s Independent Focus and WDR First German Television. His more recent short films have been featured in the New York Film Festival, Oberhausen Festival Internationale, the Black Maria Film and Video Festival (Director’s Choice Prize), and the 1995 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and the Cinematexas Short Film Festival. His second feature film JUNK was praised by critic Amy Taubin as ‘everything indie film no longer is’ having its premiere at the New York Underground and as well as screening at the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival and Exground Filmfest in Wiesbaden. I WAS BORN, BUT…, a look back at punk music in the late seventies and early eighties and its intersection with race and identity premiered as the closing night film at the New York Underground Film Festival where it won the Festival Choice Award. It was noted in Variety as ‘a welcome addition to the underground canon’ and has gone on to screen at the Asian American International Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Red Cat in Los Angeles as well as making the list for the top twenty ‘Best Undistributed Film’s’ of 2004 in the Village Voice. His awards and grants include Creative Capital Foundation, the American Center Foundation, the Jerome Foundation Independent Filmmaker grant and New York State Council on the Arts.