A Minute of Stirling Calder

A one minute montage of the sculptures of Stirling Calder (1870 – 1945), father of famed mid-century sculptor Alexander Calder.

  • R. Christian Anderson
  • Grover James Taylor
  • Chris Clark
    Special Thanks
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    minute, short, art, sculpture
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - R. Christian Anderson

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, his passion for motion pictures came at an early age. His mother, Lita, was a radio personality for station KMPC, at the time a music and entertainment station. He was performing on live radio in commercials by the age of 3.

At the age of 9, his mother married Raymond D. Bowman, a jazz and classical music impresario and noted music critic who taught and encouraged Christian to write. At age 12 he met legendary dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, who encouraged his love of art and shared her life and career with him.

In 1969 Christian volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force where he was trained as an illustrator and worked on military training films with the Aerospace Audiovisual Service (MAC), and worked with one of the first units to produce films on video tape, rather than film stock. He received an Honorable Discharge for his service.

By 1973 he moved to San Francisco where he freelanced as a graphic designer, creating numerous posters, brochures, print ads and collateral materials over the next couple of decades.

He directed his first feature-length film "Defcon 2012" in 2008. In 2015 he co-wrote the song "The Ghosts of San Francisco," sung by Chris Clark for the film "When the World Came to San Francisco", which he also wrote and directed. The music video of which won the "Mixed Genre Jazz Film Award" at the "New York Jazz Film Festival" in Harlem in November 2016.

Today he is married and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he continues to write, compose, and direct films. He is a member of ASCAP.

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Director Statement

My challenge was to make a documentary film in under one minute. All the sculptures shown were sculpted by A. Stirling Calder and exhibited at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. They were only designed to last one year, so when the fair ended, they were mostly destroyed. The images are taken from black and white vintage postcards from my personal collection, which are now in the public domain. I restored and repaired flaws in the images and tinted them a warm sepia tone to bring out their "humanity." I hope you enjoy my work.