Portraiture is the framework for the experimental films of Bill Santen. His practice is divided between filmmaking and songwriting. Often, recorded oral histories, and the documentation of time and place, force a sense of nostalgia—genuine, or constructed—on to the viewer. Bill Santen earned his MFA from Columbia University in 2011 and his BA from the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, 2009. Santen’s projects have been screened, performed, or exhibited in New York at MOMA Learning Center, Queens Museum of Art, Thomas Erben Gallery, and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. Abroad, his work has been presented at the Masc Foundation, Vienna, Austria; Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz Poland; and the Overgaden Museum of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.

A selection of short films can be viewed at