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Alison O'Daniel

About this Artist

Alison O’Daniel, a filmmaker and visual artist, is the director of The Tuba Thieves, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023, and went on to screen at CPH Dox, MOMA Doc Fortnight, SFFILM, IDFA and others international festivals. The Tuba Thieves is having a limited theatrical released in the Spring of 2024 and will air on Independent Lens on PBS May 2024. O’Daniel is d/Deaf and builds a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary in her work that reveals (or proposes) a politics of sound that exceeds the ear. She is a United States Artist Disability Futures Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Art in General, New York; Centre d’art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France; Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia; Argos Center for Audiovisual Arts, Brussels and many other international museums and galleries. O’Daniel has received grants from Ford Foundation; Sundance; Creative Capital; Field of Vision; ITVS; Chicken & Egg; SFFILM. She has developed projects in various labs, including Points North; Sundance Talent Forum; True/False/Catapult Editing Lab, and has attended residencies at the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio Program; Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2019 25 New Faces of Independent Film issue. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council Gallery in Los Angeles and is an Associate Professor in the Film Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.