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Producer/Director on multiple films including BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER (2022);
Director/Writer/Camera on DISSOLUTION(2012); Director/Writer Camera on PHANTOM LOVE(2007); Director of Photography and Co Director on MASSAKER (2005); Director/Producer/Writer/DoP and Editor on THE BLOODY CHILD (1996); QUEEN OF DIAMONDS( 1991);MAGDALENA VIRAGA and THE GREAT SADNESS OF ZOHARA(1983).

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Annenberg Foundation Independent Media Grant, American Film Institute Award, three Western States Regional MediaArts Fellowships, two Fulbright Fellowships, Creative Capital Award, FIPRESCI Award MASSAKER; Critics Choice Seal of Female Empowerment in 2022.

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Los Angeles

United States

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DGA; AMPAS, Directing Branch.


Considered a cinematic feminist pioneer and one of America’s foremost independent filmmakers, Menkes has shown widely in major international film venues including Sundance, the Berlinale, Cannes, the Berlinale Locarno, AFI, BFI-London, the New York Film Festival, La Cinematheque Francaise and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Her honors include a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award and a Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize for the feature documentary MASSAKER (2005). "BRAINWASHED" is her second documentary and fourth feature to premiere at Sundance. It has screened widely at A-list festivals and was awarded the 2022 Female Empowerment Seal by the Critics’ Choice Association. Menkes is a faculty member in film at California Institute of the Arts.

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