AMY HALPERN

Born in New York (United States),
Lives & works in Los Angeles (United States)
Very active in: 70s, 80s, 90s


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Before making films, Amy Halpern worked as a modern dancer, but her fascination of light and the visual movement, made her study filmmaking at the at the State University of New York in Binghamton. She made her first movie in 1971. After that she was one of four founders of The Collective for Living Cinema ( 1972-1990), an organiza¬tion dedicated to showing experimental film work, and, after moving to Los Angeles in 1974, cofounded the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis ( 1980-1985).

Amy holds a BA and MFA from UCLA's film school, and has taught film production, history, and theory at UCLA, California State University, Northridge, and Otis-Parsons Art Institute, as well as giving numerous seminars on lighting for film and video. She is currently teaching in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California.

Of her most famous movies are.

Cigarette Burn (1977-1978) 9 min 16mm
Falling Lessons (1993) 64 min 16mm
Filament (The Hands) (1972-1975) 5.5 min 16mm
Peach Landscape (1973) 4:15 min 16mm
Silent Preparation (1986) 2.5 min 16mm
Three Preparations (1972) 4.5 min 16mm