Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997

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Shirley Clarke (1925-1997), American independent filmmaker, was a modern dancer before switching to work in film and video.

She was probably best known for her films THE CONNECTION (1961), a study of drug addiction initially banned for obscenity in New York State, her oscar-winning 1962 documentary, ROBERT FROST: A LOVER'S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD, and THE COOL WORLD (1963) on a juvenile gang in Harlem. In 1962 she and Jonas Mekas founded the Film-Makers Cooperative, a nonprofit company for the distribution of independent films. Clarke also taught film directing and editing at New York University, Columbia and the University of California at Los Angeles.

From the description of Datebook, 1955-1956. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122533088

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referencedIn Serious Business Company. Serious Business Company records, 1965-1983 (bulk 1972-1983). UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. [The first years--excerpts] [videorecording] / Shirley Clarke. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. [Interview with Shirley Clarke for student cable show] [videorecording] / [production company unknown] Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Serious Business Company records, 1965-1983, bulk 1972-1983 Bancroft Library
referencedIn [Shirley eating] [videorecording] / Shirley Clarke. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley. Miscellaneous manuscripts. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Papers of Robert Graves: Lectures and speeches, 1958 to 1973 St John's College, Oxford
referencedIn Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006. Picturephone performance [videorecording] / Nam June Paik ; edited by John Jebb. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. Shirley Clarke compilation [videorecording]. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn [Interview with Shirley Clarke] [motion picture] / [production company unknown] Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. Four journeys into mystic time [videorecording] / Shirley Clarke. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn [Shirley Clarke interviewed by Joyce Wexler-Ballard] [videorecording] / [production company unknown] Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. Papers, 1936-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley. Datebook, 1955-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. [Shirley Clarke home movies] [motion picture] Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. [Conversations with Shirley Clarke] [videorecording] / producer, Kinney Littlefield. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Jordan, June, 1936-2002. Papers, 1936-2002 (inclusive), 1954-2002 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006. Picturephone performance [videorecording] / Nam June Paik ; edited by John Jebb. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. The box [videorecording] / Shirley Clarke. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997. Trans [videorecording] : excerpt from Four journeys into mystic time / Shirley Clarke. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Bartlett, Freude person
associatedWith Filmmakers Distribution Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. person
associatedWith Graves, Robert Ranke, 1895-1985 person
associatedWith Jordan, June, 1936-2002. person
associatedWith Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006. person
associatedWith Serious Business Company. corporateBody
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New York (State)--New York
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Experimental films
Independent filmmakers
Motion pictures--Distribution
Drug addicts
Women in the motion picture industry
Motion picture producers and directors
African Americans--Drug use
Dance
Documentary films
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Birth 1919-10-02

Death 1997-09-23

Americans

English

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