Charles Fairbanks grew up in Nebraska and wrestled at Stanford, where he studied Art and the History of Science. He has a MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan, where he also studied Anthropology and History. The founding professor of Media Arts at Antioch College in Ohio, Fairbanks has worked as a programmer and translator in Belgium, and taught videoarte and cel-phone videography in Mexico. His short films – including two on Mexican lucha libre – have shown on POV and at CPH:DOX, Images, Slamdance, Visions du Réel, and over 100 other festivals. For a retrospective screening in 2011, Anthology Film Archives wrote “His entertaining and heartfelt short films are extremely easy to enjoy and very hard to forget.” He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and the Wexner Art Center’s Film/Video Studio Program. The Modern Jungle is his first feature.


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