Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker, writer and curator based in Los Angeles.
His short films “Magnavoz” (2006), “T.S.H.” (2004) and "Natives"
(1991, with Scott Sterling) and feature-length documentaries “Atomic
Sublime” (2010), "The American Egypt" (2001) "Ruins" (1999) and
“Frontierland" (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres) have won prizes at
film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan, and have
shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Sydney Biennale
and the Sundance Film Festival. He has curated film and photography
exhibitions for the Robert Flaherty Seminar, the Guggenheim Museums
in New York and Bilbao, and National Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico
City. His books include F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s
Undoing (with Alex Juhasz), The Shock of Modernity and The Maya of
Modernism. He teaches in the Intercollegiate Media Studies Program
of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California.
The American Egypt
593 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA
Sandra Rozental (Mexico City, 1979) has worked as a researcher,
curator in museums of anthropology and popular culture, cultural
journalist, film production assistant, and art critic. She received her
doctorate in anthropology from New York University in 2012, and has
published in journals and volumes on archaeological patrimony. This is
her first film, and is based on nearly a decade of her ethnographic and