Videos for the Griffin Poetry Prize

Posted on May 30, 2023

Six poetry films, with image and music by Lior Shamriz, made for poem readings by the Griffin Poetry Prize nominees, Ocean Vuong, Iman Mersel, Robyn Creswell, Roger Reeves, Susan Musgrave, Ada Límon, and the Canada First Book Prize winner Emily Robbles.

Film at IAS in Santa Cruz

Posted on May 30, 2023

A new video work by Lior Shamriz is to be presented at Institute for Arts and Science in Santa Cruz, as part of the Coha-Gunderson Prize exhibition. Taking place June 2-3, 2023.

Watch And Chill 3.0

Posted on April 4, 2023

Two films by Lior Shamriz – “Port Saïd, Santa Cruz, Sarmad Kashani” & “Fetish Puppies Break Free!” will screen at “Watch and Chill 3.0”. The exhibition is an initiative of South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), in collaboration with the National Gallery Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, Australia, the Tono Festival in Mexico City, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. 

The films will also be available globally through the event’s online platform, beginning April 7, 2023 (which coincides with the opening of the Gwangju Biennial) through April 7, 2024. The exhibition presentation in Seoul will take place from April 12 – July 23, 2023. The Tono Festival runs in Mexico City from April 18 – 30, 2023 in Mexico, and the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition runs in Melbourne from January 5 – April 7, 2024. Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, will screen the films in November 2023.

Launch Events for Mimesis in Berlin & Los Angeles

Posted on March 14, 2023

Mimesis – Film as Performance magazine. In January 2023, #1 issue – “The Fringes of Resistance” was launched, with contributions by Noor Abed, Bojana Cvejić, Mariah Garnett, Matt Polzin, Lior Shamriz, and Elbe Trakal. To celebrate the launch, Mimesis will hold two evenings with short films and a table reading at:

  • B_Books (Lübbener Str. 14, Kreuzberg, Berlin) on March 26, 2023 from 7 p.m.
  • Poetic Research Bureau (2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057) on April 9, 2023 from 6 p.m.

Queer Wonderlands: Keynote Speaker

Posted on March 14, 2023

As part of the Toronto Queer Film Festival Queer Wonderlands symposium, Lior Shamriz will take part in the keynote presentation on April 23, 2023.

With witty irony and superfluous melodrama, Lior Shamriz treats cinema not merely as the documentation of a dramatic performance but as a trace of the interaction between actors, crew, memory, and place, using the screen to project and examine topics like immigration, post-colonialism and orientalism, othering and belonging. “A separation of reality from mimesis is a dualist illusion,” Shamriz says. “A film is often not a record of an interaction, but rather, it is the interaction with the spaces we visit and the people we encounter”. For their keynote talk, Shamriz will discuss their work in research-based essay videos, poetry videos, performance, and independent cinema, and will turn to Keguro Macharia’s concept of Frottage to consider cinema as a medium of gathering traces of interactions that activate our engagement with the world.

ESTUARIES in Toronto

Posted on March 12, 2023

ESTUARIES will screen at the Toronto Queer Film Festival in late March 2023.

More information on their website:

Class Visit at UNCSA

Posted on February 15, 2023

On February 15, Lior Shamriz visits Lydia Hicks’s Directing class at University of North Carolina School of the Arts for a workshop.

Mimesis Magazine is Published

Posted on January 31, 2023

Mimesis Magazine – Film as Performance – Issue #1 – Winter 2023

Interested in the politics of resistance as well as in forces of resistance within the  unconscious, we take a close look at the margins of the personal and the political in film practices. The mimesis of the media environment that encompasses us is crucial as much as it is endemic. Considering our social encounters as remakes of visual and time-based culture, we feel the need to unravel the cinematically entangled body and its colonial, authoritarian, patriarchal, and capitalist histories. Be it in public dance choreographies, the intimate practice of reading, ancient mesopotamian storytelling, agitprop theater or neorealist cinema – in “The Fringes of Resistance” we try to carve out the mutable contours of territories of power and make them visible to us. In our first issue we sift for threads to pick up from the myths of authenticity, identification and ideology that are engraved in the images that surround us. Through essays, fiction and conversations we explore contradictions in our practices, theorize them and (try to) make them work for us and for others.

With contributions by Noor Abed, Bojana Cvejić, Mariah Garnett, Matt Polzin, Lior Shamriz and Elbe Trakal.

Coha Gunderson Prize For Bird Divination in Mesopotamia Today

Posted on January 31, 2023

Lior Shamriz’s Bird Divination in Mesopotamia Today receives the Coha Gunderson Prize from UCSC, where Shamriz is now pursuing a Ph.D.

Recent Publications

Posted on January 17, 2023

Review by Lior Shamriz about Jamie Berry’s Whakapapa/Algorithms, published by Pacific Arts journal. The article is accessible here:

Read Lior Shamriz’s 2022 top tens on Desistfilm:

Q&A Video for Steak Cinema / AjoByAjo

Posted on January 10, 2023

This Q&A video was recorded for the Steak Cinema / AjoByAjo screening in Seoul in summer 2021. The questions were sent by Jongwook Choi and Nilesh Kumar from Steak Cinema.

Short films on Here.Tv

Posted on November 10, 2022

THE NIGHT & BEYOND LOVE AND COMPANIONSHIP are now available on Here.TV, accessible also through Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

Film Workshop in Juárez, Mexico

Posted on October 25, 2022

ESTUARIES screens at UC Santa Cruz

Posted on October 12, 2022

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7pm


Posted on August 4, 2022

“SATURN RETURNS Returns With RETURN RETURN” – at Steak Cinema 311. August 5 from 7pm, with director in-person Q&A

OUTFEST LA 2022: The Consequences of Belonging, and Not Belonging, In ‘Estuaries’ / Jason Flatt

Posted on July 30, 2022

Estuaries – Artsy Teaser Trailer

Posted on July 30, 2022

L.A. Premiere for ESTUARIES at OUTFEST

Posted on June 23, 2022

Screening Sunday, July 17 at the Redcat in DTLA

Poetry Videos for the Griffin Foundation

Posted on June 15, 2022

Watch the Griffin Poetry Prize Winner Announcement Film – with 7 poetry videos by Lior Shamriz, for readings by Ed Roberson, Douglas Kearney, Liz Howard, Gemma Gorga, Tolu Oloruntoba, David Bradford and Natalka Bilotserkivets:


Posted on May 30, 2022

ESTUARIES will premiere at FRAMELINE 46 on Saturday evening, June 25 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

Conversation with Barbara McCullough

Posted on May 10, 2022

May 25 – Barbara McCullough – In Conversation with Lior Shamriz

A native of New Orleans, Barbara McCullough has spent most of her life in southern California. Her initial interest was in photography but the moving image, immediacy, and possible forum for ideas set her on a path of exploration. McCullough’s work progressed to examining the creative process of artists but always maintaining a fascination with experimental film and video. McCullough sees herself as part of the continuum of African American storytellers whose aim is to preserve knowledge by capturing the essence of her culture — its life, spirit, and magic. She states, “I am dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the African American artist/cultural worker by documenting her/his achievements for future generations to keep the music and visual poetry alive.” Her work has been shown in galleries, museums, and film festivals nationally and internationally and she is associated with UCLA filmmakers known as the LA Rebellion.

The Cage on GagaOOLala

Posted on April 8, 2022

The Cage (2017) is now available via GagaOOLala, a Taiwan-based distribution company with one of the world’s largest LGBTQ+ streaming libraries.

New Short Film Premieres in Oberhausen

Posted on March 17, 2022

“Port Saïd, Santa Cruz, Sarmad Kashani”, a new short film by Lior Shamriz, will premiere in May 2022 in situ at the Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage in Germany.

The film is 14 minutes long. “A triptych about projections on bodies, made by projecting on my body.”