NICK ZEDD

Born in Takoma Park (United States), 1958
Lives & works in New York (United States)
Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade


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Filmmaker and author, coined the term Cinema of Transgression in 1985 to describe a loose-knit group of like-minded artists using shock value and humor in their work.

He has directed several super-low-budget movies, and he is the co-creator, with Rev. Jen Miller, of the public access television series Electra Elf (2004-) and the author of two books, Bleed (1992, Hanuman Books) and Totem of the Depraved, (1996, 2.13.61Publications) both of which are autobiographical.

He is the director of photography on another TV series called "Chop Chop" (2007) produced by Nate Hill. Additional writing by Zedd is featured in Up Is Up But So Is Down (NYU Press) as well as in Captured (7 Stories Press), Low Rent (Grove Press) and Bleed (Hanuman Books). Nick Zedd performed in a noise unit called Zyklon B, releasing a single called Consume and Die in 2000.

Zedd toured with Lisa Crystal Carver's Suckdog Circus and exhibited his films in the early 1990s.

Important essays outlining Zedd's philosophy are the Cinema of Transgression Manifesto, published pseudonymously in the Underground Film Bulletin (1984-90) and The Theory of Xenomorphosis (1998).