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Also Known As: Died: July 23, 1951
Born: February 16, 1884 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA Profession: Director ...
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Served as explorer, surveyor and prospector for Candian Grand Trunk Railway and Canadian mining syndicates in the early 1900s
1910:
Carried out series of expeditions searching for iron ore deposits in Nastapoka Islands, east of the Hudson Bay in Northern Canada for industrial entrepreneur, Sir William Mackenzie of the Mackenzie-Mann Company
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Took motion picture camera along on expedition for first time
1916:
Made first documentary film (negative destroyed by cigarette fire in editing room)
1920:
Returned to Eskimo country to make film
1922:
Made first feature documentary film, "Nanook of the North"
1926:
Hired by Jesse L. Lasky to make a film about Polynesian tribal life for Paramount, "Moana"
1928:
Began co-directing (with Willard S. Van Dyke) first dramatic feature film, "White Shadows of the South Seas" (left before production completed) for MGM
1937:
Went to Great Britain; first worked for John Grierson at Empire Marketing Board, then for Gaumont-British and finally for Alexander Korda's London Films
1939:
Returned to US and made "The Land" for Pare Lorentz's US Film Service
1942:
Joined Frank Capra's War Department Film Division
1944:
Commissioned by Standard Oil to film "Louisiana Story"
1950:
Formed Robert Flaherty Film Associates Inc. (date approximate)

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