Shirley Bruno

Writer and Director (Haitian/American based in the US and France)

Shirley Bruno is an Haitian-American director who holds an MA with Distinction from London Film School and an MFA with Mention from Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains. She lives alternately between Paris, New York, and Haiti. Her films draw heavily from her heritageboth preserving and radicalizing her ancestral traditions and mythology. In her work she explores the everyday, the Sacred, and the violence in the things left unsaid that intimately mark us, sometimes through generations. She creates modern myths that expose the slippery space between the physical and metaphysical world, between memory and history. In her short "Tezen," she retells an old folktale in which a girl meets a spirit-fish who gives her pure water. "Tezen" debuted at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, has aired on TV5 Monde, and continues to travel the international festival circuit as well as galleries. Shirley is the current laureate for the StudioPrix Collector, the annually awarded French prize created by esteemed video art collectors Isabelle and John-Conrad Lemaître. Last year, she was awarded funding from the National Greek Film Centre for her new animation film “An Excavation of Us” set in the cave named after a female soldier who fought in the Haitian Revolution debuting in festivals this year.Currently, she is an artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in support of her next short and first feature film in development.

Selected Filmography:

2017 Tezen (Short Fiction)
2017 An Excavation of Us (Short Animation)
2014 Dear Pauline Jean (Short Fiction)
2012 The Things I See (Short Fiction)