Underground Film History: AFI’s Maya Deren Award

I just found out the other day that the American Film Institute (AFI) used to give out an annual Maya Deren Independent Film and Video Artists Award to celebrate achievements in underground and non-commercial independent filmmaking.

Information about this award is difficult to come by, so I thought I’d post up all of the recipients in one easy to browse list on Bad Lit. While I’m sure AFI has kept records of the award — and hopefully have video somewhere of the recipients accepting it, if there were indeed award ceremonies — none of that is currently live on their website.

I compiled the list of winners, which is posted below, from records on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). I’m just going under the assumption that the IMDb info is indeed correct. However, I believe it is as I did happen to find some corroboration on some of the
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