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Warren Sonbert Would Have Been 64 Today

Experimental filmmaker Warren Sonbert was born today, June 26, in 1947. Sadly, he passed away in 1995 from complications due to AIDS.

Sonbert began making films as a teenager in 1966. While his first films were loosely-structured narratives, he later became known for making movies out of his extensive worldly travels. He would plan a trip, arrange screenings in the cities he would be visiting and shoot footage for new films while abroad.

For a good review of Sonbert’s work, Gary Morris penned a great article for Bright Lights Film Journal in 2000.

Below is a home movie fragment shot by Jeff Scher of Sonbert writing in a cafe.

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