Fern Silva

Bio & Filmography


Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal) is an artist who primarily works in 16mm. His films consider methods of narrative and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Melbourne, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archives, Gene Siskel Film Center, Cinemateca Boliviana, Museum of Art Lima, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, New Museum, Greater New York at MOMA P.S.1, and Cinema du Reel at the Centre Georges Pompidou. His work has been featured in publications including Film Comment, Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, Millennium, and Senses of Cinema. He's taught filmmaking at various institutions including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bard College, Dartmouth College and Bennington College and has received support from the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Bard College and is currently a fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University. 


   Rock Bottom Riser | upcoming release date 2021, 72mins.
   The Watchmen | 2017 10mins.
   Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder | 2017 8.5mins.
   Scales in the Spectrum of Space | 2015 7mins.
   Wayward Fronds | 2014 13mins.
   Tender Feet | 2013 10mins.
   Concrete Parlay | 2012 18mins. 
   Passage Upon the Plume | 2011 6.45mins. 
   Peril of the Antilles | 2011 5.45mins. 
   In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails | 2010 13mins. 
   Servants of Mercy | 2010 14mins. 
   Sahara Mosaic | 2009 10mins.
   After Marks | 2008 7mins.
   Spinners | 2008 7mins.
   Notes from a Bastard Child | 2007 9mins.