From: Bill Seery (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 21 2006 - 07:30:19 PDT
I'm reposting this for those who were away over the summer and may not have
heard about Diane.
Diane Bonder passed away on Friday, June 23rd at the age of 46
from pancreatic cancer.
An outstanding filmmaker, artist and friend, she has left those of us
close to her with a deep emptiness, but given us a body of work that will
There will be a memorial this Saturday, September 16, 2006 from 11:30am -
the sanctuary at
st. mark's church
131 E. 10th street
(at second avenue)
new york city
d i r e c t i o n s
v i a s u b w a y
6 train to astor place
R/W train to 8th street
L train to 3rd avenue
F train to 2nd avenue
v i a b u s
M1 M3 M14 M15
M101 M102 M103
From the NY Times:
This notes the sad and untimely death of independent filmmaker Diane A.
Bonder, 46. Diane died at her home in Brooklyn on June 23, almost a year
after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was predeceased by her
beloved father John Bonder and mother Geraldine (Cleerdin) Bonder, and is
survived by her partner Terri Burger, her aunt Virginia, uncle Bob, cousin
Mark and his children Lauren and Steven, as well as by her dear friends-her
other family. Diane made lo-fi experimental film and video in documentary,
poetic, and semi-narrative styles. She maintained a longstanding
relationship with Millennium Film Workshop, where she taught herself the
optical printing techniques which became part of her signature visual style.
Retrospective screenings of her work have been held at MoMA, Hall Walls
(Buffalo) and Millennium Film Workshop, and Diane was a regular contributor
to both the Mix NYC and Mad Cat Women's Festivals. In addition to
residencies at UCross (Wyoming) and Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo, NY), she
received numerous grants including NYFA and NYSCA in 2003. Her work has
screened throughout the US and internationally and received many awards. A
former resident of Northampton and Boston, MA, Diane graduated with her BA
from UMAss Amherst, studied photography at the Photographic Resource Center
in Boston and received her MFA from Rutgers University. In 1996 Diane made
Brooklyn, NY, her home. In addition to being an accomplished and prolific
filmmaker, she also ran her own graphic design company, Rat Star Designs,
catering primarily to nonprofit organizations. Diane was loving, strong,
passionate, creative, feisty, frugal, determined, loyal and an inspiration.
Cherished and loved by her many close friends and family, she will be
forever missed. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held
beginning at 11:30 AM, Saturday, September 16, at St. Mark's Sanctuary (Dan
space), 131 East 10th St., Manhattan. A fund has been established to support
experimental filmmakers in Diane's name. Contributions may be sent to the
``Diane Bonder Memorial Fund'' at Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th St.,
NYC, NY 10003.
Published in the New York Times on 9/10/2006.
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