Joana Pimenta is a filmmaker and writer from Portugal who lives and works in Lisbon, the U.S. and Brazil. Her latest film, An Aviation Field, premiered in the International Competiton at the 69th Locarno Film Festival, was screened in the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Rotterdam, CPH:Dox, Rencontres Internationales Paris – Berlin, Valdivia, Lima, Mar del Plata, Edinburgh, among others, and received the Jury Award for Best Film in Competition at Zinebi ’58. Her previous work, The Figures Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees, received the Jury Award for Best Film in Competition at Indielisboa and the Tom Berman Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was screened at the Toronto, New York, Jihlava, Taipei, VideoEx, and Syros film festivals, among other venues. Her work in video installation was exhibited at the Festival Temps d'Images, National Art Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, Fundacion Botin, Galeria da Boavista, The Pipe Factory, among others. As a cinematographer, she was the Director of Photography for the feature Once it was Brasília, which premiered in the 70th Locarno International Film Festival in 2017. She is currently co-directing two fiction films with the Brazilian director Adirley Queirós, Rádio Coração (2017) and the feature Dry Ground Burning (2018).
Joana received a PhD in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice from the department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She has previously taught at Harvard and Rutgers Universities, and she is currently a Lecturer – Harvard College Fellow in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard. She is also a fellow at the Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab.
In the Fall, Joana will be teaching VES 155 Documentary Fictions, a film production course where students make short films that explore the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction; and in the Spring, a seminar on Marginal Cinema, with a focus on the marginal political film movements in Portugal and Brazil circa 1970.