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David Lebrun retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York presents a 3-program screening event titled David Lebrun: Looking Back, Moving Forward, a retrospective of his work featuring films from 1966 – 2024. The final program is a selection of films from David’s current Transfigurations exhibition project, and includes a Q&A with critic and author Lawrence Weschler. This screening series is April 19-20, 2024.

Transfigurations: Reanimating Ancient Art of India

Shiva Nataraja and Vishnu sculptures come to life in Transfigurations animations at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, September 2022 – May 2023. Presented on large 4K screens, and with a score by Yuval Ron, viewers can immerse themselves in the power of these objects. Visitors explore the meaning of these objects through interactive kiosks, a related dance performance, and public programs.

Transfigurations: Tlatilco Figurines animation premiere

The Riverside Art Museum hosts the premiere of our Tlatilco figurines animation in conjunction with their exhibition Uncovering Ancient Mexico. The animation, juxtaposed with actual ceramic objects on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be on display from February to December 2018.

Out of the Maya Tombs released!

Out of the Maya Tombs is now available from Documentary Educational Resources. This institutionally licensed 2-DVD package includes the 96 min. director’s cut and an abridged 54 min. version. Also exclusively in this set are 9 bonus short films including a look at the remarkable and often dangerous career of explorer Ian Graham, the story from smuggler Lee Moore of looting a temple facade, and the complexities faced by curators in addressing UNESCO accords.


Proteus re-mastered and now available for rent, streaming and download!

Re-mastered from 35mm, Proteus is now available in HD for rent, streaming and download! Proteus explores the 19th century’s engagement with the undersea world through technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art. His work influenced art nouveau and surrealism, Freud, Lenin and Edison.

Tanka restored & now on DVD/streaming/download!

Tanka restored & now on DVD/streaming/download!


Tanka, an animated journey through the image world of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is now available on DVD, download and streaming. Photographed from Tibetan scroll paintings of the 16th – 19th centuries, this 1976 film is a cyclical vision of ancient gods and demons. Digitally restored from 16mm master. Available now at


2015 wrap up – a great year of screenings!

(Photo from screening/panel discussion at the Getty Center: Claire Lyons, J. Paul Getty Museum; David Lebrun, Night Fire Films;
Sofía Paredes Maury, La Ruta Maya Foundation; Kevin Terraciano, UCLA; Matthew Robb, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Dance of the Maize God screened at over a dozen festivals, museums and universities around the world in 2015 including at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK, and the International Film Festival of Archaeology in Nyon, Switzerland. For more information, go to the Screenings page.