Ed Emshwiller was an American experimental filmmaker and sci-fi illustrator.
After earning a bachelor of design degree from the University of Michigan in 1949, Emshwiller studied graphics at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the Art Students League of New York. He then quickly established himself as a prolific illustrator for science-fiction and men's adventure pulp magazines, digests and paperbacks.
In the late '50s, and particularly the early '60s, Emshwiller became heavily involved in the underground film scene in New York City. In addition to making his own films, he was the director of photography on films such as Adolfas Mekas's Hallelujah the Hills.
Later, Emshwiller moved to California where he became the provost and dean of film and video at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.
Emshwiller passed away on July 26, 1990.
Watch Streaming Films By Ed Emshwiller:
Crossings and Meetings (1974)
Choice Chance Woman Dance (1971)
Film With Three Dancers (1970)
Jr. Star Trek (1969)
Image, Flesh and Voice (1969)
Relativity (1963-66) or (1966)
Body Works (1965)
George Dumpson’s Place (1961-63) or (1965)
Life Lines (aka Lifelines) (1960)
Variable Studies (1960– ) (unfinished)
Dance Chromatic (1959)
Thanatopsis — Ed Emshwiller
Thanatopsis by Ed Emshwiller. Made 1960-62, according to Sheldon Renan’s An Introduction to the American Underground Film.
Underground Film History 1964: 12 Filmmakers Receive $118,500 For Projects
Twelve American filmmakers will receive a total of $118,500 from the Ford Foundation in its first move to aid creative artists in motion pictures. The grants range up to $10,000 for a one-year period. They will be used by the recipients either to produce short films or for travel and study.
Underground Film History 1968: Underground Film Business Booming
Jan. 21, 1968: This condescending article belittles several underground films that have achieved classic status since, such as Blazes and Christmas on Earth.
Underground Film History 1966: Film Can Borrow From All Arts
Feb. 5, 1966: A celebration of underground filmmakers applying art techniques from other mediums to film, such as Andy Warhol and Bruce Conner.
Who Was Underground In ’67?
Here’s a list of filmmakers that author Sheldon Renan wrote bios for in his seminal ’67 book An Introduction to the American Underground Film.
Underground Film History: AFI’s Maya Deren Award
From 1986 to 1996, the American Film Institute gave out the Maya Deren award to underground film artists like Kenneth Anger and Shirley Clarke.
Jonas Mekas: Rocket Man!
A 1963 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science-Fiction features a skeletal Jonas Mekas hovering over his dashing brother Adolfas Mekas piloting a spaceship.
British Underground Film Posters Of The ’70s
Here are some fantastic underground film posters made in England in the ’70s, with posters promoting the work of Andy Warhol, Kurt Kren, Stan Brakhage and more.
Underground Film Yearbook: 1973
Notable underground film events for 1973 were a widespread appreciation for Stan Brakhage developed; Alejandro Jodorowsky made The Holy Mountain and more.