mbillyou at gmail dot com
2004 Post Graduate Fellowship
The Whitney Independent Study Program, NY, NY.
2003 M.F.A. Film, Video & New Media
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Graduate Colloquium Speaker
1991 B.A. Art History
The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Graduated with Distinction
Nominated for NEH Award in Film Studies
MATRIX Art Gallery
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.
Summer 2023 Supermoon TV Camp
2021–2023 The Ursuline School
Film/Broadcasting, Digital Media, Film Club Moderator
2016–2018 The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Development Associate
2016–2018 The New School for Social Research
Eugene Lang College, Media & Culture Department
Introduction to Cinematography
2015–2018 Anthology Film Archives, projectionist & box officer
2013–2014 Pratt Institute
Acting Assistant Chair
2008–2012 Montclair State University
Art & Design Department
Filmmaking 101, Experimental Filmmaking Workshop, Summer Film Workshop
Visiting Artist, Graduate Advisor
2006–2007 The New School for Social Research
Media Studies Department; Lighting & Cinematography
Work by Commission:
The Escape Workshop: Or, A Leap to Freedom, by Pope.L at The Drawing Center
The Making of Paries Pictus, by Robin Rhode at The Drawing Center
To Cross (Walking New York), by Anne Wilson at The Drawing Center
Manuelle Labor, by Marie Losier, produced by Guy Maddin
Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition, by Martha Rosler
prototype (god bless america!), by Martha Rosler
Good Translator, or Mohamed Yousry: A Life Stands Still, DV, 22:00, produced with Annelisse Fifi & Paul Chan
Grants / Honors:
2012 New York State Council for the Arts, Finishing Funds
2011 New York State Council for the Arts, Presentation Funds
2009 The Jerome Foundation, Filmmaking Grant
2006 Experimental Television Center, Finishing Funds
2001 Black Maria Film Festival, Director’s Citation
Outpost’s Cuts and Burns Media Residency, Ridgewood, NY, 2016
BRIC, Media Arts Residency, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Residency, 2006
Over We Go, digital video, 8:00 2023.
Eat My Cake, digital video, 7:00, 2021.
Demonstration, 16mm/DV, 4:00, 2017.
GUN, HAT, GIRL…, 16mm, 12:00, 2016.
Idyll, 16mm/Super 8mm/DV, 5:00, 2014.
Available Properties, 16mm/DV, 6:00, 2011.
CBS Eye, 16mm, 3:00, 2010.
Subspace Face, DV, 18:00, 2010.
The Free Translators, live cinema performance tour, U.S. Northeast, with video artist Sabine Gruffat, 2008.
1–9, DV, 8:00, 2007.
The Invalids, 16mm, 10:00, 2003.
Horsegirl, 16mm/DV, 7:00, 1996.
Flow, 16mm/DV, 5:00, 1995.
Womens’ Punk Art Making Party, DV, 33:00, 1996.
Recent One-Person and Curated Screenings:
“Film Party,” Celluloid Now, Chicago Film Society, 2023.
Antimatter, Vancouver, Canada, 2021.
Holiday Windows, Supermoon Community Art Space, Ridgewood, NY 2021.
Microcinema: Films of Mary Billyou, RhizomeDC, 2019.
Buenos Aires Film Festival, Experimental Section, 2019.
“Injerto 2019: Rituals,” Ambulante Itinerant Film Festival, Mexico, 2019.
“Joanie 4 Jackie 4 Ever,” The Mini Microcinema, FotoFocus Biennial: The Open Archive, Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 2018.
“EVENTilation,” The Windjammer, Ridgewood, NY, June 2018.
“Selezione d’Oro,” Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY, June 2018.
“Diverging Forms,” The Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD, May 2018.
“Are You Tired of Forever?” Cosmic Rays Film Festival, Chapel Hill, NC, March 2018.
Selected Screening History:
Eat My Cake, 2021
Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2019
Ambulante, Mexico, 2019
FotoFocus Biennial, The Open Archive, Cincinnati, OH, 2018
Cosmic Rays, Durham, NC, 2018
Maryland Film Festival, 2018
Experimental Superstars, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2017
GUN, HAT, GIRL…, 2016
Celluloid Now, Chicago Film Society, 2023
Artifact Small Format Film Festival, Alberta, Canada 2020
Spectacle Theater, 2018
Moviate Underground Film Festival, 2017
CROSSROADS Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2017
27th Onion City Experimental Film Festival, Chicago, IL, 2016
Available Properties, 2011
Urban Research Program, The Director’s Lounge, Berlin, Germany, 2012
CBS Eye, 2010
Art in General, NY, NY, 2010
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2009
Film Mutations, Zagreb, Croatia, 2012
The Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2009
Rotunda Gallery, 2008
Good Translator, 2006
Sundance International Film Festival, Park City, UT, 2007
White Box Gallery, NY, NY, 2010
SCOPE Art Fair, NY, NY, 2009
The New Museum, NY, NY, 2009
Atti Democratici, Turin, Italy, 2009
Black Maria Film Festival, Director’s Citation, 1998
Women’s Punk Art Making Party, 1996
Spectacle Theater, 2017, 2021
Supermoon, Limited Time Only, Brooklyn, NY 2018
Other Projects/Ashley Berlin, Live in the Layers, Not on the Litter, Berlin, Germany, 2015
Momenta Gallery, New Work City, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
The Last Brucennial, NY, NY, 2014
Soapbox Gallery, re/spond/re/peat, Brooklyn, NY 2012
Governors Island Art Fair, NYFA Program, NY, NY, 2011
Art in General, Double Bill, NY, NY, 2010
Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Hysteria: Past Yet Present, Newark, NJ, 2009
Rotunda Gallery, Spectral Evidence, Brooklyn, NY 2007
Women’s Punk Art Making Parties, co-curated with Mackenzie Lukenbill, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY March 2021.
Satellite Cinema: A Kiddie Matinée, Supermoon’s Satellite Space, Brooklyn, NY, monthly Oct 2019 – March 2020.
“Joanie4Jackie4Ever,” co-organized with Paris McGarry, Chris Bravo, and Mark Lukenbill as public programming of the exhibition, We Are What We Archive, Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY, 2016.
FOOD by Gordon Matta-Clark, Dwellings by Rudy Burckhardt, and Phantom Highway by Katherin McInnis as public program of the exhibition, LIVE/WORK SPACE, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011.
The Audacity of Desperation, Demo Space 122, PS 122, NY, NY, 2008.
Future Yonder, Hudson Franklin Gallery, NY, NY 2007.
Mixed Use: MONO NO AWARE, The Brooklyn Rail, Nov/Dec 2018.
The Chainletter Tapes, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, vol. 44, no. 6, p. 2.
Mixed Use: ESP TV’s Unit 11, The Brooklyn Rail, March 2017.
Mixed Use: Spectacle’s Trailers, The Brooklyn Rail, July-Aug 2016.
“We Need to Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is,” Glenn Ligon at Luhring Augustine, Screen Slate, January 28, 2016.
The Blind Field: Peggy Ahwesh’s “Kissing Point,” The Journal of Digital and Media Arts Practice, September 1, 2015.
The Whitney ISP Zine, eds. Stephen Hilger, Max Kuo, Sadie Murdoch, 2004.
“Gotham Art and Theater,” Elisabeth Kley, Artnet, March 2010.
“Ecstatic at St. Cecilia’s,” Daniel Pearce, Idiom, March 2010.
“Pie with Dignity,” Melissa Anderson, Artforum.com, April 2009.
Hysteria: Past Yet Present, exhibition catalogue, Paul Robeson Gallery, 2009.
Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright, Lucas Hildebrand, Duke University Press, 2009.
“Breach Birth: The Hygiene of Screen Skins,” by A. Lee Laskin, Octopus Journal, Vol. 4: Surface, University of California Irvine, Fall 2008.
“Spectral Evidence,” Holland Cotter, Art in Review, The New York Times, February 23, 2007.
Camera Assistant: Saturday Night Live Intro 2007, Chevy Trucks with Howie Long, The Wire (4th Season), West Wing, Homicide, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Hillary Clinton’s Senate Campaign, Coach Handbags, BBC America