Name: Ilana Simons

Hometown: Brooklyn (moving to Los Angeles in May).

Bio: I am a clinical psychologist who makes animated movies about high-pitched emotional states. I like videos that spark some bodily-felt connection between word and image. A few of my short videos focus on authors (Haruki Murakami, William Empson), and my one-woman show, All Together Now (New York Fringe Festival, 2016), tells my history of relating to men. I am the author of A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through Virginia Woolf (Penguin, 2007).

Fun Fact: Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick and Ariana Reines’s Coeur de Lion helped me heal after divorce. So did traveling to Nashville to make an animated documentary about the relatively unknown, fabulous painter Noah Saterstrom, from which my video poem for this festival is taken.


Favorite Film: I have been very inspired by Michel Gondry’s Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? And Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog.