Maya Deren (1917-1961) was a Soviet-born
American artist, and one of the most important experimental filmmakers during
the avant-garde in the 40s and 50s. She was also a photographer, choreographer,
dancer, and poet.
Her most famous film
is the 1943 production Meshes of the
Afternoon, seen as a masterpiece of the American avant-garde. The film won
the Grand Prix Internationale at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. She left behind
many other films, as well as influential essays on film theory.