biography

Jeff Daniel Silva

Jeff Silva is a filmmaker, teacher and film programmer originally from Boston. Jeff works across medias and genres but his work shares a kinship with traditions of experimental film and new modes of ethnographic documentary, exploring the quotidian aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. His most recently completed projects include Linefork (2016), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, BAFICI, Visions du Réel, Valdivia, and Flahertiana. A long-time affiliate of the SEL (Sensory Ethnography Lab) at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop the curriculum and methodology of the program at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder and director Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Jeff has also been programming documentary and experimental cinema for nearly two decades. In 2000 with Alla Kovgan, he co-founded BALAGAN, an the offbeat and alternative micro-cinema screening series in Boston that continues to present marginalized films to the community.