Bryan Konefsky is a self-described media artist and cultural worker. He is the Vice President of Basement Films, the artistic director of Experiments in Cinema film festival (a Basement Films production), an instructor in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico, and he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest experimental film festival in the United States - now in it’s 48th year.
As the artistic director of Experiments in Cinema, Konefsky travels throughout New Mexico promoting cinematic experimentation as a way of introducing audiences to issues of cultural representation and civic engagement.
Under Konefsky’s guidance, Basement Films has received support to produce Experiments in Cinema from the New Mexico Humanities Council’s “What Does It Mean To Be A New Mexican?” initiative, The National Endowment for the Humanities’ “We The People” initiative, New Mexico Arts, and The McCune Charitable Foundation. Konefsky’s own creative work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Mexico Film Office and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.
As an instructor in the Department of Cinematic Arts Konefsky received a “Teacher of the Year” award in 2009, sponsored by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee. As a devoted, lifelong educator, and in addition to his classroom teaching, Konefsky has provided students with many community-based internship opportunities, and he recently established a student exchange program between UNM and the University of Applied Sciences in Wurzburg, Germany. As a representative of the Department of Cinematic Arts, Konefsky has lectured throughout North America and Europe.
Bryan Konefsky’s own experimental film work has been supported by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and The New Visions New Mexico Filmmakers Program. Konefsky’s films have been included on DVD compilations including “The Art of Pixelvision,” “Auto-Cinematic,” and “Forget Cassettes.” Additionally Konefsky’s work with Basement Films will be featured in a new book about micro-cinemas written by Ed Halter.
Konefsky has screened his own films at venues such as the Blinding Light Cinema in Vancouver, Videoex Festival in Switzerland, The Paris Underground Film Festival in France, Il Cinema Ritrovato in Italy, the European Media Arts Festival in Germany, the Oslo Film Institute in Norway, the Long Beach Museum in California, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.