Worked as journalist in the mid-1960s; writings published in <i>Newsweek</i>, <i>Time</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i>
Taught philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Published a translation of Martin Heidegger¿s <i>The Essence of Reasons</i>
Directed his thesis film "Lanton Mills"
Did uncredited work on the screenplay for "Drive, He Said"
First produced screenplay, "Deadhead Miles" (film was shelved until 1982 release)
Reportedly worked on script for "Dirty Harry"
First released film where he received screenplay credit, "Pocket Money"
Feature producing and directing debut, "Badlands"; also scripted and acted in a bit part
Co-wrote script for "The Gravy Train" with Bill Kerr (credited under the pseudonym David Whitney)
Directed second feature, "Days of Heaven" (film spent two years in post-production)
Moved to Paris for several years
Wrote and directed first film in twenty years, "The Thin Red Line"
Directed the the pre-colonial epic "The New World," a revisionist take on the story of Pocahontas and John Smith
Directed fifth feature, "The Tree of Life," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival