Robert Gardner’s films include Dead Birds (1963), Rivers of Sand (1975), and Forest of Bliss (1986). He founded the Film Study Center at Harvard in 1957, and began the teaching of film in the university, where he served as director of the Visual Arts Center and chairman of the Visual and Environmental Studies Department. His publications include, with Karl Heider, Gardens of War: Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age (1968); with Ákos Östör, Making Forest of Bliss: Intention, Circumstance, and Chance in Nonfiction Film (2001); The Impulse to Preserve: Reflections of a Filmmaker (2006); Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film (Peabody Museum) (2007); Beauty Contest (2009); Human Documents: Eight Photographers (Peabody Museum) (2009); and with Fanny Howe In & Out. Gardner is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has received many honors including the Robert J. Flaherty Award twice and, in 2005, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Anthropological Association.He is currently engaged with a number of film, video and book projects.
New Guinea 1961
New Guinea 1989, by Susan Meiselas
Columbia 1981, by Robert Fulton