Deron Albright

2012 Pew Fellow

1/2: Deron Albright, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/2: The Destiny of Lesser Animals (trailer), 2011, directed by Deron Albright.

“My love and practice of cinema has revolved around my belief in its unique ability to combine the artistic, emotional, intellectual, and political.”

Deron Albright (b. 1975) has been a filmmaker since 1994, with work spanning documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative. His 2005 short film, The Legend of Black Tom, played at over 25 festivals worldwide and garnered 13 awards of excellence. In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Ghana, where he lived with his family for a year and filmed his first feature film, The Destiny of Lesser Animals (Sibo ne kra, Dabo ne kra). The film, which premiered in 2011 as part of the prestigious Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films program, is set in Africa. Focused on the emotional journey of its middle-class protagonist, the work avoids ubiquitous narratives of poverty, war, and starvation, which tend to provide audiences with a narrow and tragic view of the continent. It has been praised by festival audiences for its honest portrayal of contemporary life in this part of the world.

His current works-in-progress include Invisible Son, a modern drama of immigration co-written with actor Yao B. Nunoo, which is part of the 2012 IFP Emerging Film Project. Albright is also developing Leave Worry Behind, a road movie featuring the art and music of Richard Swift from the Shins; Molineaux, a historical boxing drama based on Albright’s award-winning short film “The Legend of Black Tom”; and Ceramic Flowers, a modern mash-up of The Odyssey and Ulysses, set in Las Vegas.

References

Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia presented the East Coast premiere of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which went on to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Choreographer and Pew Fellow Tania Isaac (2011) presents an iteration of her Center-funded discovery project open notebook: crazy beautiful.

Grants & Grantees

Rafael Ferrer is a visual artist and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.

Lee is the publisher at Corollary Press and author of the poetry collections Underground National, That Gorgeous Feeling, and Solar Maximum, forthcoming from Futurepoem Press.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society serves the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices.

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver publishes a new book of poetry, visual artist Alex Da Corte’s video installation Blue Moon is projected on Times Square billboards, and filmmaker Cheryl Hess receives a 2016 Tribeca Documentary Grant.

Questions of Practice

2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl reflects on how Barbara Kasten’s Construct works helped him “make some sense of the forces of the postmodern climate of the 1980s.”

Grants & Grantees

Classically trained on the harp since age 11, Mary Lattimore (Pew Fellow, 2014) incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, thereby extending the conventions of her instrument.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tod Williams, with Billie Tsien, founded Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in 1986. Their studio, located in New York City, focuses on work for institutions—museums, schools, and non-profits

The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.

We speak to Mary Lattimore, a classically trained harpist who incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music.