Cinematographer. Filmmaker. Storyteller.
Molly Wagener is an interdisciplinary filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer and designer. Her film work explores the unusual hobbies of people, the politics of place and memory. As an art history student, Molly became fascinated with people’s relationship with ephemeral objects and their ability to produce a personal history. She is interested in using the camera to reveal the magical ways the built and natural environments echo one another and how people memorialize their connection with the world.
Molly earned her BFA in Art History and Photography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. At the University of Illinois, she experimented with using video installation to explore memory, nostalgia and time. In 2016 her multi-channel installation, Evaporation, was exhibited at the Krannert Art Museum and the PhotoX show in Champaign, Illinois.
In 2019, Molly earned her MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University. Her thesis film, Camelot North, features the rediscovery of films created by wildlife conservationist, Martin Hanson. Her film follows as she searches for Martin’s missing wildlife films, and introduces the friends and family of the quirky woodsman who brought elk back to Wisconsin, protected the Apostle Islands from development and is rumored to have sparked the idea for Earth Day.
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