A life-long teacher of film and theater (with former students like Elizabeth Banks and Kate Moran), I've left the school classroom to practice what I preached -- and to make films that will contribute to and preserve our threatened culture.
I suppose as a 67 year old first-time filmmaker, I am an anomaly, but as a film teacher and critic with over 40 years experience, I have been preparing most of my life to put to use the lessons I have learned and taught from the narrative films of Kurosawa, Fellini, Kubrick, Lean, Truffaut, Chabrol, Welles, Hitchcock and Reed -- and the documentaries of Burns, Moore and Morris.
One film that I am currently submitting is a shortened (179 minute) version of a 9 hour 23 minute episodic film. This shorter version is intended to stand alone as feature documentary and is conceived in two parts. The other is the longer film which affords one the opportunity to live for an extended period in the company of a humble genius and some of his admirers (among them: Dana Gioia, Stephen Sondheim, Austin Pendleton, Donald Hall, Rhina P. Espaillat, Brian Bedford, John Simon, Alicia Stallings...)
Both films concern one of our most neglected and important writers, Richard Wilbur, the second Poet Laureate of the U.S., and each is something of a masterclass in creativity, poetry, humanity, and how to conduct one's life with dignity and grace.
Silver Award -- Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - PART TWO Keeping the Difficult Balance
Latitude Film Awards
London, England
Dziga Vertov Award for Best Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - PART TWO Keeping the Difficult Balance
Amarcord Arthouse Awards
Chicago, IL
Certificate of Merit - Feature Documentary
Richard Wilbur - PART ONE Keeping the Difficult Balance
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla, CA
Silver Award -- Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - PART ONE Keeping the Difficult Balance
International Independent Film Awards
Encino, CA
Silver Award -- Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - PART ONE Keeping the Difficult Balance
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
Atlanta, GA
Silver Award - Feature Documentary
Richard Wilbur - PART ONE Keeping the Difficult Balance
Latitude Film Awards
London
Dziga Vertov Award for Best Documentary
Richard Wilbur - PART ONE Keeping the Difficult Balance
Amarcord Arthouse Awards
Chicago, IL
Certificate of Merit, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur: Keeping the Difficult Balance
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla, CA
Silver Winner, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur: Keeping the Difficult Balance
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
Atlanta, GA
Silver Award, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur: Keeping the Difficult Balance
Latitude Film Awards
London, England
Silver Winner, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur: Keeping the Difficult Balance
International Independent Film Awards
Encino, CA
Winner, Dziga Vertov Award for Best Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur: Keeping the Difficult Balance
Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards
Chicago, IL
Certificate of Merit, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - Keeping the Difficult Balance
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla, CA
Silver Award, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - Keeping the Difficult Balance
International Independent Film Awards
Encino, CA
Silver Award, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - Keeping the Difficult Balance
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
Atlanta, GA
Silver Award, Documentary Feature
Richard Wilbur - Keeping the Difficult Balance
Latitude Film Awards
London, England
Winner, Best Documentary
Richard Wilbur - Keeping the Difficult Balance
Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards
Chicago , IL
College
Goddard
Masters in Theater
19851986
College
NYU - Tisch School of Film
Film
19711972
Birth Date
January 4
Birth City
Pittsfield, MA
Current City
Williamstown, MA
Hometown
Williamstown, MA
Gender
Male
Married To
Hongwei Shuyang Xu
Children
Yining
I taught Elizabeth Banks and Kate Moran in my high school drama program and directed them in their first lead roles. Yes, their talents and discipline were radiantly apparent then.
At his invitation, I spent an afternoon with Sir David Lean at his home in London, where we discussed his films (I was curating a museum series on him) and our favorite films by others. Hearing him say, "Well, you really do know film, don't you?!" was music to my ears that was as wonderful as anything by Maurice Jarre.
“Always come out of another box.” — David Lean
A life-long teacher of film and theater (with former students like Elizabeth Banks and Kate Moran), I've left the school classroom to practice what I preached -- and to make films that will contribute to and preserve our threatened culture.