Ed Emshwiller


Director, Producer

About

Birth Place
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Born
February 25, 1925
Died
July 27, 1990
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

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 s...

Biography

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.

Life Events

1965

Film debut as cinematographer, "Hallelujah the Hills"

1966

Produced and directed first film, "Relativity"

1969

First on-screen appearance in Jonas Mekas' "Diaries, Notes and Sketches"

1975

Produced and dircted final film, "Totem"

1979

Final film credit, special effects, "The Lathe of Heaven"

1979

Served as dean of the film and video school at the California Institute of the Arts

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