Peggy Ahwesh is an American experimental filmmaker based in New York City who has worked in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Her films typically explore issues of gender and cultural identity using alternative narrative structures.
Although Ahwesh studied with and was mentored by Tony Conrad at Antioch College in the '70s, her work typically rejects structuralist concerns. Her early personal Super 8 films instead documented the punk scene in her hometown of Pittsburgh.
Ahwesh also worked as a production assistant on George A. Romero's horror anthology Creepshow and, while her own films could not be classified as "horror," much of he work exhibits nods toward the genre.
She currently teaches at Bard College.
Watch Streaming Films By Peggy Ahwesh:
Warm Objects (2007)
The Third Body (2007)
Beirut Outtakes (2007)
Certain Women (2004) (with Bobby Abate)
The Star Eaters (2003)
She Puppet (2001)
73 Suspect Words (2000)
Heaven’s Gate (2000-01)
the vision machine (1997)
The Fragments Project (1985–1995)
The Color of Love (1994)
The Scary Movie (1993)
Strange Weather (1993) (with Margie Strosser)
The Deadman (1990) (with Keith Sanborn)
Martina’s Playhouse (1989)
I Ride a Pony Named Flame (1988)
Philosophy in the Bedroom (1987)
Ode to the New Pre-History (1984–1987)
From Romance to Ritual (1985)
Pittsburgh Trilogy (1983)
2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Official Lineup
The Ann Arbor Film Festival celebrates its 53rd edition on March 24-29 with a colossal selection of experimental films by Ben Russell, Jennifer Reeder and loads more.
2014 Winnipeg Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The 2nd annual Winnipeg Underground Film Festival features a mini-retrospective of Mike Hoolboom; avant-garde cat films by Maya Deren, Jodie Mack and others; and lots more films.
Publication Celebration: Millennium Film Journal No. 57
May 4: Celebrating the latest Millennium Film Journal, there will be a special screening of films by Pat O’Neill, Catherine Elwes, Noe Kidder, Jennifer Proctor and more.
Short Film: Bethlehem
Interior and exterior spaces are transformed into mystical places in Peggy Ahwesh’s lyrical meditation of an experimental short film, Bethlehem.
2012 Crossroads: Official Lineup
The 3rd annual Crossroads in San Francisco will honor Chick Strand, show the complete work of Laida Lerxtundi, plus Ken Jacob’s latest film and much more.
2012 Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival: Official Lineup
The 8th annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, aka FLEX Fest, is a curated event featuring the work of Su Friedrich, Steve Reinke and Sam Green.
Anthology Film Archives: Nine Love Inspired Shorts
Feb. 14: If you want an off-kilter way to spend Valentine’s Day in NYC, check out these great short experimental films at Anthology.
Peggy Ahwesh: The Third Body
Peggy Ahwesh travels back to a time when virtual reality was the hot new futuristic commodity, a new Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.
Millennium Film Journal: Presence
May 15: Celebrating the publication of issue 52 of Millennium Film Journal will be a screening of films by Martha Colburn, Peggy Ahwesh and more.
2010 Migrating Forms: Official Lineup
The 2nd annual Migrating Forms experimental video festival features work by Kevin Jerome Everson, Kent Lambert, Peggy Ahwesh and more.