A LIFE IN FILMS AND EDUCATION

I have been a documentary filmmaker for more years than I want to admit. My television programs include the twenty-six part HOLLYWOOD CHRONICLES for the Discovery Channel (1990), the eight-part CHANGING CULTURE OF THE WORKPLACE (1995), THE HOLLYWOOD CENSORSHIP WARS for the Arts & Entertainment Network (1994), LOST WARRIORS for PBS (1998) and the thirteen part THE 1960’s for Encore! Feature length specials include HOLLYWOOD UNCENSORED and HOLLYWOOD GHOST STORIES (which have aired on such systems as Cinemax and The Movie Channel). I recently developed and narrated the ORF/Langbein production of ELVIS UND DAS MADSCHEN AUS WIEN (2017) which aired throughout Europe, Australia and Israel.

One tremendous resource I have developed over the years is my in-house archive that has over 5000 elements. For nearly 30 years the archive has been a resource for hundreds of documentaries, rock videos and television commercial producers. The archive is rich in Americana and entertainment related footage that spans the era before the turn of the century through the 1990’s.

I also taught media arts for over three decades and retired as an Associate Professor in Communication. Institutions I taught at include the University of Vienna, California State University, East Bay, Seattle University, Temple University and Florida State University. I had the good fortune of serving as a Fulbright Specialist and guest professor at Klagenfurt University in 2015 and the University of Vienna in 2018. I supposed one could describe my background as a blend of an interest in American cultural institutions and communication studies, which I’ve examined both in written works and as a television producer.I received my PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in community studies and information technologies.

I’ve also witten a couple of books over the years. Back in 2000 I wrote THE COMMUNITY OF CINEMA: HOW CINEMA AND SPECTACLE TRANSFORMED THE AMERICAN DOWNTOWN (Praeger, 2002). More recently, Michael Wiese Productions released my most recent text, STOCK FOOTAGE AND EVERYTHING ELSE UNDER THE SUN in January, 2019.

PARTIAL LIST OF TALENT DIRECTED OR INTERVIEWED

DIRECTED
Ed Asner
Jackie Cooper
George Kennedy
George Takei
Rosemary Clooney
Michael Dorn
Peter Fonda
John Carradine
Lauren Bacall
Charleton Heston

INTERVIEWED
Carrol Baker
Elke Sommers
Jim Backus
Marsha Hunt
Rod Steiger
Spanky Mcfarland
William Peter Blatty
Susan Strassberg
nichelle nichols
george takei