Mary Billyou

mbillyou at gmail dot com


2004  Post Graduate Fellowship
The Whitney Independent Study Program, 

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

1990 Internship
                       MATRIX Art Gallery
                       Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.

Professional Experience:

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
                           Visiting Artist

2015–2018       Anthology Film Archives, projectionist & box officer

2013–2014       Pratt Institute
                          Film/Video Department
                          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
                          Visiting Artist

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

Creative Work:

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
Antimatter, 2021

Demonstration, 2017
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

Idyll, 2014
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

1–9, 2007
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

Horsegirl, 1997
Black Maria Film Festival, Director’s Citation, 1998

Women’s Punk Art Making Party, 1996
Spectacle Theater, 2017, 2021

Gallery Exhibitions:

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.

Freelance Experience:

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