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Haller, Robert

Interviewee: Robert Haller
Interviewers: Eric Slade and Stephen Silha‚Äč
Date of interview: 2010
Extent: 1 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds

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Biography:
Robert Haller is Director of Collections at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, where he has worked since 1980. He knew James Broughton well, and as director of Pittsburgh Film Makers, Inc., he produced Broughton's poetic film Erogeny (1976). Haller has written and lectured widely about experimental and avant garde film, and made a DVD with Bruce Posner, Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film.

Halprin, Anna

Interviewee: Anna Halprin
Interviewers: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: 2009
Extent: 28 minutes: 15 seconds

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Biography:
Anna Halprin (born 1920) helped pioneer the experimental art form known as postmodern dance, and referred to herself as a breaker of the rules of modern dance. In the 1950s, she established the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop to give artists like her a place to practice their art. Being able to freely explore the capabilities of her own body, she created a systematic way of moving using kinesthetic awareness. Halprin has written books including: "Movement Rituals, Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance" and "Dance as a Healing Art." With her husband, the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, she created the "RSVP Cycles" a creative methodology that can be applied broadly across all disciplines. She appears in a number of James Broughton's films.

Hart, Suzanna

Interviewee: Suzanna Hart
Interviewers: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: 2009
Extent: 22 minutes, 26 seconds

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Biography:
Suzanna Hart is an artist and costume designer who was married to James Broughton from 1962 to 1975. She was part of a Jungian collective which had a store, Anima Mundi, in Mill Valley in the 1960s and 70s. They have two children, Serena DeCastro and Orion Broughton.

 

Hathaway, Michael

Interviewee: Michael Hathaway
Interviewers: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: 2010
Extent: 32 minutes, 44 seconds

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Biography:
Activist, author and poet Michael Hathaway studied Russian language, culture, politics and history at Stanford (where he also rowed in varsity crew), Monterey Institute of International Studies, Harvard, Free University of Berlin and Charles University in Prague. He served on the Eugene McCarthy campaign in 1968 and worked at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He organized demonstrations against the Vietnam War, was a co-founder of Earth Island Institute, and volunteered at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. He published three "Calendars of Saints for Today" featuring "saints, hobos, dervishes, lovers, healers, helpers and ordinary fools" in the 1970s, and a volume of poetry, They Came to Love, in 1994. Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay area, working on a series of books "showing The Possible Happiness of Life" (the title of his first), which he says "will offer hope, cheer, inspiration, sustenance, comfort and amusement for the spiritually bold and persevering among us."

Hennessy, Keith

Interviewee: Keith Hennessy
Interviewers: Eric Slade and Stephen Silha
Date of interview: 2009
Extent: 23 minutes, 12 seconds

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Biography:
Keith Hennessy dances in and around performance. Born in northern Ontario, he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. His performances engage improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and protest as tools for investigating political realities. Practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, contemporary dance, activist art, the Bay Area, wicca, punk, contact improvisation, decolonial indigeneity, and queer-feminist performance motivate and mobilize Hennessy's work. Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artist Fellowship, a NY Bessie, Sui Generis, multiple Isadora Duncan Awards, and a Bay Area Goldie. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann. He is a co-founder of CounterPULSE, a thriving performance space in San Francisco. He earned an MFA and PhD from UC Davis. His website is www.circozero.org.

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