Filmmaker Amber Bemak holds a BA in Communications from Antioch College, an MFA in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently based in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches all aspects of filmmaking at Southern Methodist University. Her creative work is based in experimental and documentary film, and also spans performance art, curatorial practice, and sound design for performance. She has co-directed and produced two feature length documentaries on Tibetan Buddhism, as well as created fourteen short experimental and documentary films that have played in numerous festivals internationally. Amber’s experimental work focuses on themes of cross-cultural encounters in the context of globalization, performative explorations of the body in relation to greater political systems, and often utilizes found footage fragments from her own life. She also conceived and directed a two-year participatory video project with women’s empowerment collectives in India, Nepal, and Kenya, resulting in a series of five documentaries now used widely as training tools for global peer exchange programs. Additionally, she has worked in the capacity of producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and sound designer on over thirty films in collaboration with production companies, television stations, non-profit organizations, and commissioned art projects. Her work has been seen at venues including the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Rubin Museum of Art, SculptureCenter, and the European Media Art Festival. She has taught film theory and practice in India, Nepal, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States.

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