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Marie Losier, born in France, is a filmmaker and curator who’s worked in New York City for 22 years. She has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals. She studied American literature at the University of Nanterre (France) and Fine Arts at Hunter College in New York City. She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers, such as George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad, Genesis P-Orridge, Alan Vega and Felix Kubin.  Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists. 

Losier’s films are regularly shown at prestigious art and film festivals and museums, such as the Berlinale, Rotterdam Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival, Tate Modern, MOMA, Palais de Tokyo, Centre George Pompidou and the Cinematheque Francaise. She was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, N.Y.C). 

Her first feature film was the portrait of pioneering musician-artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) and his/her partner Lady Jaye. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2011, and won the Caligary and the Teddy Awards. She also won the Grand Prize at Indielisboa, the Prix Louis Marcorelles and the Prix des Bibliotheques at Cinema du Reel, and many more. The film was released in France, Canada, Mexico, Germany and in the USA. 

Losier was awarded the prestigious 2013/2014 DAAD Residency Award in Berlin to work on her new feature film Peaches Goes Bananas!, based on Canadian musician-performer Peaches.  She received the Guggenheim Award to work on Cassandro, The Exotico, a portrait of the celebrated Mexican wrestler.  She is currently in Paris. She just presented her new feature on Cassandro, The Exotico at Cannes dans la section Acid. Son film sort en salle en France le 5 decembre 2018.

She is actually working on a new portrait of German musicien/composer Felix Kubin- Felix Kubin, Atomium Vertigo.  She is also preparing a retrospective of all of her films for MoMA, Museum of Modern Art of New York City, which will open in November 2018. 

Selected Awards/Grants and Fellowships

FNAGP et Hamburg post prod grant pour le film Felix Kubin, Atomium Vertigo
CNC, Court Métrage pour le film Felix Kubin, Atomium Vertigo, soutien pour
la réalisation en production avec Ecce Films (FR)
Résidence Espace en Cours - Paris, France (2016-2017)
Artist Residency Citée des Arts de la Ville de Paris (2015)
Brouillon D'un Reve -SCAM-France- Aide au Développement for Cassandro The Exotico (2015)
CNC  - Aide a L'écriture et Aide au Développement for Cassandro The Exotico (2015)
CNAP-Centre national des arts plastiques-Paris-France: Production Grant (2015)
Moulin D'Ande- Screenwriting Residency (France 2014-2015)
Artist Residency Villa Arson-Nice (2014 & 2015)
Jerome Foundation Grant (2014)
Cité des Arts de la ville de Paris Residence/France(2014)
DAAD Artist Residency Berlin (2013)
Guggenheim Artist Fellowship, Film and Video (2013)
Wexner Arts Center – Filmmaker Award (2012)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012)
Prix Louis Marcorelles and Prix des Bibliotheques ( 2011-Cinema du Reel – France)
Jerome Foundation Grant (2010)
NYSCA-New York State Council for the Arts Production Grant (2008)
CNAP-Centre national des arts plastiques-Paris-France: Production Grant (2008)
Sarah Jacobson Grant (2008)
Whitney Biennial  2006 /film portrait on Richard Foreman, The Ontological Cowboy (2006)
NYSCA-New York State Council for the Arts Production Grant (2006)
Experimental Television Center LTD  (2006)
Jerome Foundation, Jerome Hill Centennial (2005)
NYSCA-New York State Council for the Arts Production Grant (2004)
Flaherty Film Seminar, full grant (2004)
Vermont Studio Center, full grant/residency (2002)

Selected Awards for Cassandro The Exotico!, released 2018 in France
Audience award - Viva Mexico (Paris, France, 2018)
Jury award - In and Out Film Festival de Nice (France, 2018)
Best directing award - Gijón International Film Festival (Spain, 2018)

Selected Awards for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Debut Feature Film released 2011 in France, USA, Mexico, Canada and Germany
Grand Prize – Indilisboa Film Festival (Portugal)
Teddy Award (Berlin Film Festival – Forum)
Caligari Award (Berlin Film Festival – Forum)
Prix Louis Marcorelles and Prix des Bibliotheques (Cinema du Reel – France)
Audience Award-Bafici-Buenos Aires Film Festival (Argentina)
Artistic Achievement Award – Outfest Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Sanfic Special Mention – International Competititon (Chile)
Audience Award – Special Mention – (Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Quebec)

2018 MoMA- Museum of Modern Art of New York City - Mid career retrospective  (USA)
2018 Spoutnik, Geneva, retrospective (Switzerland)
2017 Pink Life QueerFest of Ankara - Solo show films et masterclass (Turkey)
2017 Milan Filmmaker Festival -FOCUS on Marie Losier Films, Lectures and Catalogue (Italy)
2016 Minsk Film and painting show in Modern Art Museum (Belarus)
2015 St Petersburg Art Fair (Russia)
2014 Moscow BEAT Film and music (Russia)
2014 Winnipeg Cinematek (Canada)
2014 LUFF Lausanne (Switzerland)
2014 San Sebastian (Spain)
2013 DAAD Screening at Arsenal Kino Berlin (Germany)
2013 BAFICI Film Festival/Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2013 Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Canada)
2013 Pera Museum-Istanbul (Turkey)

M.F.A. in Painting - Hunter College (1995)
M.F.A. in American Poetry and Literature - Nanterre University/France (2003)
Bachelors Degree in English Literature- Nanterre University/France (1993)

HEAD, MFA Cinema Geneva, Coordinator for the first year students and professor of 16mm filmmaking
(Sept 2017 - June 2019, Switzerland)
Bard College in New York : Guest Professor for the graduate program of Cinema, (June - July, USA)

Festival Selections 2005-2019