Rebecca Meyers (b. 1976, New York) is a filmmaker who shoots, edits, and finishes on 16mm film. Meyers chooses to work with “small gauge” 16mm film because it offers an intimate means of exploration and the opportunity for direct connection with light, which is in many ways at the core of her work. Her exploration of the resolution, contrast, and texture of light, together with her keen eye for the appearance of nature in our lives, lend nuance and intensity to her short films.
Meyers pays close attention to experiences of the natural world that are common in contemporary society but that often go unnoticed, such as the domestic and “wild” animals in our midst, as well as to natural elements pictured in wallpaper, murals, car logos, and city statues. Her distinctive sound tracks further suggest a broad definition of “environment” while underscoring the multi-faceted aspects of looking, watching, and seeing found in her films.
Her films have screened internationally at festivals and in curated exhibitions such as Media City, Windsor, ON, Canada, and Detroit, MI; Images Festival, Toronto, Canada; New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, New York, NY; Festival Les Inattendus, Lyon, France; the London International Film Festival, London, England; “Bringing to Light” at the San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA; and “White Shadows: Stories and Polar Visions” at the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy. For three years she served as Co-Programmer of Chicago’s Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival and has curated film programs for the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Massachusetts College of Art Film Society, Brooklyn’s Light Industry and the Harvard Film Archive, where she acted as Archive Coordinator.
Meyers received a BA from Cornell University in 1997 and an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa in 2001. She is director of film programs at ArtsEmerson at Emerson College and associate director of Studio7Arts in Cambridge.