Influential figure of the American avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s, whose films include "Thanatopsis" (1962, 5 mins), "Relativity" (1966, 38 mins) and "Totem" (1975, 16 mins). Emshwiller's works--encompassing film, video and computer graphics--are noted for their inventive, often abstracted, representation of the human body and for the technical prowess of their maker. Emshwiller also served as cinematographer on a couple of films by Emile D'Antonio. From 1979 until his death, he was the dean of the film and video school at the California Institute of the Arts.
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Film debut as cinematographer, "Hallelujah the Hills"
Produced and directed first film, "Relativity"
First on-screen appearance in Jonas Mekas' "Diaries, Notes and Sketches"
Produced and dircted final film, "Totem"
Final film credit, special effects, "The Lathe of Heaven"
Served as dean of the film and video school at the California Institute of the Arts