I entered the video world early on, straight from film making, when I bought my first Sony Porta-pak in 1972. Over the years I’ve worked in education, with dancers and other performers, produced documentaries on olive harvesting on Crete, glass art in the Czech Republic, and U.N. peace keeping in Macedonia. I’ve covered the operation and repair of classic steam locomotives and the restoration and sailing of the USS Constitution. Wherever I lived I produced pieces on local cultural affairs and tourism, most recently on Bainbridge Island, Washington. And for over twenty years I’ve shot short “demo” pieces for renowned artists, including Dale Chihuly, Stanislav Libensky, and Erte.
My favorite approach—one most suitable for current web site needs—is one-on-one hand-held camera work done in my client's personal work space. I call this “the apprentice eye view” approach, which always succeeds in capturing, in a relaxed manner, the personality of my subject at work.
September 1989 – Present
I have been producing independent documentaries both here and in Europe:
"The Glass Dimension" (1994, Czech Republic, on the work and lives of Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova).
"Living the Legend" (1997, on the restoration and sailing of the USS Constitution)
"On Tour with the Blue Berets" (1998, Macedonia, A study of U.N. peace keeping done for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.)
I have also been regularly producing short "demo" pieces for artists (Dale Chihuly, Salvatore Cipolla, Robert Carlson, et alia).
Since 1989 I have been regularly returning to a mountain village on Crete to document changes in rural life.
January 2003 – Present
We propagate mediterranean zone plants and winter hardy tropicals and design for drought-tolerant, low maintenance gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
I also do the photography for garden magazine articles and, together with my wife, designer Terri Stanley, write and lecture regularly on the new American garden movement. We are presently working on a book about the subject, "A Garden in the Middle of the World".
Director of Production/Marketing Director, Automotion Opticals/The Art of Motion
September 1981 – May 1988
A media-with-robotics production and development group specializing in Motion Control for film and video.
1978 – 1981
A small production group working both on technical and art pieces and on documentaries. Utilizing the Sandin Image Processor, the group won the award for Best Dance Video, 1979, from the New York Dance Film and Video Festival. I was awarded a grant from the Illinois Arts Council for "Cosmo's Cosmos" on Chicago sculptor Cosmo Campoli. The group produced "Running a Steam Locomotive" (1980), which is the best selling railroad video on record.
- "Stereopticon", feature-length experimental film, 1969; art house distribution through 1972; Special Award by Jonas Mekas at the 1970 Baltimore Film Festival.
- “Stereopticons I - IV”, dance video with special effects improvisations; Best Entry Award 1979 New York Dance Film and Video Festival; broadcast on WTTW-TV, Chicago, 1980 and on Paris Television I, 1981.
- The Illinois Arts Council, for production of dance/video performance, “So to Speak” (produced at MoMing Dance Theater Chicago, 1980) and for “Cosmo’s Cosmos”, portrait of Chicago sculptor Cosmo Campoli (broadcast on WTTW-TV, Chicago, 1981).
- National Endowment for the Arts grant (with choreographer Stephanie Skura) for dance/video piece, “Chase Scene”; performed at Danspace, New York City, 1984; tour of British cities, 1985; performed at the American Center, Paris, France, 1985.
- The Joyce Foundation (with Skura) for dance/video piece, “Travelogue”; performed at Dance Theater Workshop, 1986; tour of California cities, 1986.
- “Running a Steam Locomotive”, a ninety-minute documentary on the principles, operation, and repair of a classic locomotive; sold 90,000 copies between 1988 and 1996.
- “The Village of Vizari”, 1989, a documentary of traditional Cretan village life; partially funded by the University at Heraklion, Crete; sections appeared on community cables in Washington, California, and Montana.
- Grants from Artists Trust (Seattle, WA) and the Montana Arts Council for an extensive documentary on renowned Czech glass artist Stanislav and Jaroslava Brychtova, "The Glass Dimension", 1991-94; broadcast on PBS in upstate New York and on cable stations in Montana and Washington; a demo version was shown during the artists’ 45th Retrospective at the Corning Museum of Glass in 1994.
- “Living the Legend”, 1997, documentary on the rebuilding and sailing of the ship USS Constitution; broadcast on PBS stations in Portland, OR, Tacoma, WA, and Bozeman, MT.
- Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1998, for a documentary about United Nations peace keeping in the Republic of Macedonia&mdash“On Tour with the Blue Berets”; broadcast on PBS stations in Bozeman, MT and Tacoma, WA; utilized for training at the U.S. Army Peace Keeping Center; received Special Award at the Reel Festival, Crested Butte, CO, 1999.
Good wine, fine travel writing, Balkan music, life and landscape of Crete, garden/nature photography, playing piano, reeds
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