Rian Brown is a filmmaker and video artist who teaches Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. She works in both digital/filmic and as tactile forms. Her work over the last twelve years is rooted primarily in making film/video shorts and exploring new modalities for video projection. The concepts that she tends to explore have to do with landscape, the body, memory and notions of nostalgia. Recently her work has evolved to multi-channel projection, pre-cinematic objects and illuminated large scale back lit paintings. Brown is interested rethinking the most elemental components of cinema; light, shadow and the magic of capturing and projecting moving images in time. Her work has shown around the world at film festivals and museums including the L.A. Hammer Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, the New York Shorts Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Women in the Director's Chair, and many others. Brown was an artist in resident at the Headlands Center of the Arts. She was recently awarded the 2011 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. She has two young boys and spends her time in Italy and the U.S.