|Also Known As: ||
||July 23, 1951
||February 16, 1884
||Cause of Death:
||Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Served as explorer, surveyor and prospector for Candian Grand Trunk Railway and Canadian mining syndicates in the early 1900s
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
Took motion picture camera along on expedition for first time
Made first documentary film (negative destroyed by cigarette fire in editing room)
Returned to Eskimo country to make film
Made first feature documentary film, "Nanook of the North"
Hired by Jesse L. Lasky to make a film about Polynesian tribal life for Paramount, "Moana"
Began co-directing (with Willard S. Van Dyke) first dramatic feature film, "White Shadows of the South Seas" (left before production completed) for MGM
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
Returned to US and made "The Land" for Pare Lorentz's US Film Service
Joined Frank Capra's War Department Film Division
Commissioned by Standard Oil to film "Louisiana Story"
Formed Robert Flaherty Film Associates Inc. (date approximate)