Photo by Daniel Peddle

Cindy Stillwell is a film artist who works in fiction, documentary and experimental forms. She also incorporates super 8, 16mm, Hi Def video alongside handmade drawings and live action work. Her blend of experimental documentaries and traditional styles have won awards and screened at numerous venues including Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Full Frame, Melbourne, Tampere and as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight. Working with members of the Einstein Collective at Montana State University,  Cindy created a short work Transmutations, a component of the installation Black (W)hole. This Art + Science experiment combined her film with the work of physicists, a sound artist, a painter, an animator with the aim of creating an immersive environment in which the viewer is invited to imagine and ponder his/her origin in the cosmos. The work has been mounted at venues such as the Pasadena Art Center, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and the M.I.T. Cambridge Science Festival and was permanently installed at Chabot Science and Space Center in Oakland, CA.


Photo by Alexis Pike

Through her production company, Hybrid Media, LLC, Cindy produced and directed Mating for Life, in 2012, which screened at Black Maria, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was broadcast on Montana PBS. She also produced, co-directed, and edited the feature doc Bard in the Backcountry in collaboration with Montana PBS. In 2016 Bard was nominated for an Emmy Award and picked up for national distribution by American Public Television.

Cindy studied film directing and cinematography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received her MFA. After jobs in I.T., word processing, film research, copy-editing, film transferring, and art handling, she left New York City to pursue a teaching career at Montana State University-Bozeman. She has been a professor of film production for seventeen years, teaching undergraduate students in the School of Film and Photography as well as MFA students in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program. She has twice been a fellow at MacDowell Artist Colony, Ucross Foundation, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. She was recently awarded a sabbatical to develop her film next project.


Cindy At UFVA conference 2015


NYC circa 1995


Cindy’s alter ego