Maya Deren

About Maya Deren

Who is it?: Director, Writer, Actress
Birth Day: April 29, 1917
Birth Place: Kiev, Russia [now Ukraine]
Birth Name: Eleanora Derenkovskaya

Maya Deren

Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an...
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As per our current Database, Maya Deren has been died on 13 October, 1961 at Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

🎂 Maya Deren - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Maya Deren die, Maya Deren was 44 years old.

Popular As Maya Deren
Occupation Director
Age 44 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 29, 1917 (Kiev, Russia [now Ukraine])
Birthday April 29
Town/City Kiev, Russia [now Ukraine]
Nationality Russia [now Ukraine]

🌙 Zodiac

Maya Deren’s zodiac sign is Taurus. According to astrologers, Taurus is practical and well-grounded, the sign harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Maya Deren was born in the Year of the Snake. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

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Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith in 1939.

In 1943 she made her first film with Alexander Hammid, called Meshes of the Afternoon (1943). Through this association she changed her name, at Hammid's suggestion, to Maya, meaning "illusion." Overall, she made six short films and several incomplete films, including one with Marcel Duchamp titled Witch's Cradle (1944).

Deren is the author of two books, "An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form, and Film" 1946 (reprinted in "The Legend of Maya Deren," vol 1, part 2) and "Divine Horsemen : The Living Gods of Haiti" (1953)--a book that was made after her first trip to Haiti in 1947 and which is still considered one of the most useful on Haitian Voudoun.

Deren wrote numerous articles on film and on Haiti. Maya Deren shot over 18,000 feet of film in Haiti from 1947 to 1954 on Haitian Voudoun, parts of which can be viewed in an assembled video made after her death by her then-husband Teiji Ito and his new wife Cherel: Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1985).

In 1947, Maya Deren became the first filmmaker to receive a Guggenheim grant for creative work in motion pictures. She wrote film theory, distributed her own films, traveled across the USA, and went to Cuba and Canada to promote her films using the lecture-demonstration format to teach film theory, and Voudoun and the interrelationship of magic, science, and religion.

Deren established the Creative Film Foundation in the late 1950s to reward the achievements of independent filmmakers.

Maya Deren Net Worth and Salary

  • Teiji Ito (1960 - 13 October 1961) ( her death)
  • Alexander Hammid (1942 - 1947) ( divorced)
  • Gregory Bardacke (June 1935 - 1939) ( divorced)

Maya Deren Movies

  • Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) as Director
  • Season of Strangers (1959) as Director
  • At Land (1944) as Director
  • Early Women Filmmakers (2017) as Director

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