I’ve been a film-video maker since 1963, starting at the age of 19. I also write, take photos, paint and draw, play guitar and write C&W songs (some are in my films.) After being a college drop-out/expellee in 1962, a prisoner (US Federal, 27 months for refusal to comply with Selective Service – the draft), a political activist; DAAD, NEA and Guggenheim recipient, inveterate traveler, rabble-rouser, and other pleasures, in August 2007 I was anointed a “Professor” at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. A year later I hit the mandatory retirement age of 65, and in lieu of having me retire, as they wished me to stay on, I was made a “Distinguished Professor” – not bad for a 3 year academic career. After 4 years of teaching I quit this job in 2011, and am presently transient in the USA working on many projects, large and small. I’m based in Butte, Montana, a town in hard times typical of that delivered by our money-is-everything capitalist system. Butte is a kind of preview of Detroit, a city tossed on history’s garbage heap when the copper mine extraction business ran dry. It is, like myriad small towns along back-road America, dying. As well as some once major cities. And perhaps the country as we have known it.