Filmmaker and film historian Doug Bonner has been in love with the moving image ever since his mom took him to see Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo at a neighborhood theater in 1958. A bomb went off in his head; he was never the same.
He began making films on Super8 as a child and continued experimenting with the medium until he attended film school in Southern California in the 1970s. One of these films, about a day in his life as a small-time rock musician, was voted “Best Comedy/Erotic Film” at a festival in Cincinnati. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked with Walt Disney Studios and in public television, as well as independently, creating experimental cinema and video installations. His 1989 videotape, V-Mail, was screened at festivals in Chicago and Atlanta, was a finalist at the Charlotte Film Festival, incorporated in the Tula Foundation’s 1990 multi-disciplinary project Against the Tide, was cablecast on the New England Foundation for the Art’s Mixed Signals and received a Jury Award from the New School for Social Research’s New York Expo of Short Film and Video.
An Emmy-winning sound designer, Bonner has served as juror and curator on film festivals throughout the nation. As an educator he has taught, lectured and contributed to symposia on film aesthetics, audio and future media. In 1990, he was the recipient of a one-man retrospective at the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. His body of video art (which has been screened internationally in theaters, galleries, museums and universities) is frequently described as “lyrical” and “resonant.” The alternative media magazine, Independent Spirit, in writing about Bonner’s videotapes, stated “viewers will recognize the universal attempt to find sense and meaning in devastating experience.” A native Atlantan, Bonner holds a BA in Cinema from Columbia College Los Angeles and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
His work can be seen at www.postmodernjoan.com