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Robert E. Fulton Overview

born: 1939
born in: Greenwich, CT
died: 2002
Robert Fulton, filmmaker, pilot and cameraman was born in 1939 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He worked out of Newtown, Connecticut and Aspen, Colorado. As an experimental filmmaker he was known for his STREET FILMS and RUNNING SHADOW SERIES. As a cinematographer he... [more]

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Robert Fulton Memorial Reading

Robert Fulton Memorial Reading by Dominic Angerame Aspen, Colorado My name is Dominic Angerame and I live in San Francisco. Bob was a teacher of mine in Chicago at the Chicago Art Institute and I first met him around 1975. During my many years as a student I can only count two teachers who had a profound affect upon me and Bob was one of them. I guess one would call Bob a spiritual film teacher. He never taught me stuff like f-stops, or how to splice, but instead he showed me how to “see”, and how to release thought into the shot without attachment to either the thought or the shot. Bob also taught me the importance of what he would say is "creating that one good frame," and if you could can capture one good frame, then you can create thousands and before you know it you have a created a film. These lessons I now impart to my film students. I remember the first day I walked into the SAIC class that Bob was teaching. He was smiling with a huge grin and had just finished watching a student’s 100 feet of 16mm black and white camera roll. He had found several frames or series of frames that excited him and talked about it for a great length and encouraged the student to shoot another roll of film; exploring those visual items that were discovered on the first roll. Bob suggested that the student shoot a roll of film a week, and when the student said he could not afford to this, Bob gave him a 100 feet of film, and said he would give the student a roll a week on the condition that he film with it and brought it to class each session. Bob continued the class like this for about 6-7 hours without taking a break, and after class would invite us all out for salads and drinks at his expense and talk philosophy with most of us. The other thing that was amazing about Bob was the language that he used. He would talk carefully, choosing each word like an important film frame, and each word seemed to be dense with meaning like his movies. It was almost as if his everyday speech was a film poem of sorts. That made me re-think my own concepts of perception, art and life. I had never experienced a class such as that and continued to go each week. Eventually me and Bob became close and I invited to San Francisco to judge a film festival and be a guest artist at the San Francisco Art Institute. I would visit his home and studio in Newtown, watch his new films and beg him to let me take them back to SF to put into distribution with Canyon Cinema. I remember the time I was visiting relatives in Albany, NY and called Bob to check in and he wanted me to see some new work. He mentioned that it was impossible to get from Albany to Newtown by car and he would come in his plane a pick me up. He met me at the Albany airport and we flew on to Newtown. On the way, Bob asked me to look out the window and describe the cloud formations. I know Bob loved his family Mary Beth, Oliver, Genvieve, Florence, and Bob Cat since he spoke of them constantly. I also know that now Bob’s spirit lives on in not only the exciting cinema that he created, but also inside each and every one of us who knew him and experienced his presence..... Spirits don’t ever die.
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