Before becoming a filmmaker in 1965, he earned a BA in Physics from the University of Oregon with graduate study in physics and computer science at Syracuse University and the University of Michigan. He was employed as a computer programmer and researcher at the Syracuse University Computing Center; the UM High Energy Physics Research Group; and by IBM (SBC), Palo Alto. He currently lives in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon, near his two children, and 93 year old mother, where he practices Buddhism, dancing and community building. He was born in Seneca, Nebraska on November 17.
San Francisco, 1965, he began making avant-garde films and video; a founder of Canyon Cinema Coop, manager of Canyon Cinematheque; numerous artistic/documentary films and videos of alternative and Native American cultures; artist-in-residence, director, KQED-TV.
Taught filmmaking San Francisco Art Institute and University of California SF; video at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA;
One-man shows in SF; at Yale University; Philadelphia College of Art; and Huntington Hartford Museum, NY; Secret Cinema, London, UK. In collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, New American Cinema Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Exhibitions: 2007 Cannes Festival, Short Film Corner; Award 1967 Yale Film Festival; Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (1967); Ramme Rokke Festival, Hvitsten, Norway (2007). Contributions to PBS American Experience, "Summer of Love" (2007); feature film "Commune" (2006) J Berman; "Breaking The Rules," (2004) Neuzeitfilm, Germany.
Visual filmmaking differs from most narrative film forms,and is more comparable to music, painting & poetry. And there are almost as many styles of visual film as there are of those allied arts. Visual experience relies on the whole sensorium of color, image, motion, sound and time rather than representational imagery and dialogue, and appeals to the emotional/intuitive brain rather than the intellectual/rational brain.
These 16mm art films derive from the Haight-Ashbury & related environs, 1967 - 71.