Biography

Alexander Hammid born Alexandr Hackenschmied (17 December 1907, Linz – 26 July 2004, New York City) was a leading photographer, film director, cinematographer and editor in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and became involved in American avant-garde cinema. He is best known known for his film, Crisis (1939), Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) and To Be Alive!(1964). He made Meshes of the Afternoon, with his wife Maya Deren—to whom he was married from 1942 to 1947. He won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for To Be Alive! (1964), which he co-directed with Francis Thompson.

Alexander Hammid born Alexandr Hackenschmied (17 December 1907, Linz – 26 July 2004, New York City) was a leading photographer, film director, cinematographer and editor in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and became involved in American avant-garde cinema. He is best known known for his film, Crisis (1939), Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) and To Be Alive!(1964). He made Meshes of the Afternoon, with his wife Maya Deren—to whom he was married from 1942 to 1947. He won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for To Be Alive! (1964), which he co-directed with Francis Thompson.

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1967 We Are Young Director
1964 To the Fair! Director
1964 To Be Alive! Director
1960 Night Journey Director
1957 Martha Graham: Dance on Film Director
1954 Who's Right? Director
1951 Of Men and Music Director
1950 Marriage Today Director
1950 It Takes All Kinds Director
1950 Angry Boy Director
1950 Who's Boss? Director
1945 Library of Congress Director
1944 The Private Life of a Cat Director
1944 Hymn of the Nations Director
1944 Valley of the Tennessee Director
1943 Meshes of the Afternoon Director
1941 The Forgotten Village Director
1939 Crisis Director
1937 The Highway Sings Director
1933 Ecstasy Assistant Director
1931 The Prague Castle Director
1930 Aimless Walk Director

Acting

2012 Maya Deren, Take Zero as Himself
2002 In the Mirror of Maya Deren as Himself
1986 Invocation: Maya Deren
1944 At Land
1943 Meshes of the Afternoon

Camera

1960 Night Journey Director of Photography
1944 The Private Life of a Cat Director of Photography
1943 Meshes of the Afternoon Camera Operator

Crew

1964 To Be Alive! Cinematography
1944 At Land Cinematography
1943 Meshes of the Afternoon Cinematography

Editing

1964 To Be Alive! Editor
1944 The Private Life of a Cat Editor
1933 The Land Sings Editor

Writing

1964 To Be Alive! Writer
1944 The Private Life of a Cat Screenplay

Art

1944 The Private Life of a Cat Production Design
1930 Pancéřové auto Art Direction

Production

1944 The Private Life of a Cat Producer

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