Janie Geiser

Janie Geiser is an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker and visual/theater artist, whose work is known for its sense of mystery, its detailed evocation of self-contained worlds, and its strength of design. Geiser’s films are ”as extravagantly beautiful as they are difficult, and as allusive as they are elusive” (Cinemascope, Spring 2001). Her films have been screened at Redcat, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archives, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Los Angeles Filmforum, and at numerous festivals, including 6 New York Film Festivals, the Toronto Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Her film The Red Book was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and her film The Fourth Watch was selected by Film Comment as one of the top ten experimental films of the last decade.


A Guggenheim fellow, Geiser is also an Obie Award-winning director, and a pioneer in the renaissance of American experimental puppet theater.  She creates innovative, hypnotic works that integrate puppets and performing objects with live performers and film. . “… Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.”  (Holly Willis, Res, 2004).


The Red Book

(Janie Geiser, 1994)

THE RED BOOK is an elliptical, pictographic animated film that uses flat, painted figures and collage elements in both two and three dimensional settings to explore the realms of memory,...


(Janie Geiser, 2011)

The realms of childhood, war, and loss echo through Ricky. Double vision illuminates, and simultaneously obfuscates, what can be remembered, lost, or retrieved. A found sound recording forms the spine...