Jack Walsh

Fellow: Awarded 2015

Field of Study: Film - Video

Competition: US & Canada

Inhabiting the worlds of television, film festivals and art museums, Jack Walsh’s films incite, probe, challenge and inform viewers on topics ranging from cultural icons to social justice to sexual identity. Working in both the experimental film and documentary film genres, over the course of his career Jack directed nine films: Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, 2015; The Lost Generation, 2004; The Second Coming, 1995; Dear Rock, 1993; Present Tense, 1987; Working Class Chronicle, 1985; Document Unearthed..., 1984; Basic Training, 1984; and Beachwalk, 1983.

Jack’s producing and executive producing credits include Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, 2005; Girl Trouble, 2004; Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay, 2001; And then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking, 2001; the PBS series Independent View, 2000-2001; and The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel, 1986.

His films received worldwide screenings at film festivals as well as national broadcasts on public and cable television. Additionally, Jack’s works screened at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Artists Space, Hallwalls, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Pacific Film Archive and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Among Jack’s distinctions are the Documentary Jury Prize, Athens International Film and Video Festival (2005); National Emmy Award nomination (2003); two Northern California Emmy Awards (2002, 2006); three Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival (1986, 1988, 2002); a Grand Prize (1988), two Director’s Citations (2005, 1986), and a Juror’s Citation (1993) Black Maria Film and Video Festival. His film Present Tense is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and his productions received support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Frameline, The Pacific Pioneer Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Independent Television Service (ITVS), among others.

In additional to being an artist, Jack possesses a life-long commitment to independent media and supporting the organizations that work on behalf of independent film and video makers, and to mentoring the next generation of artists and nonprofit arts leaders. After completing film school at San Francisco State University, he worked for maverick independent filmmaker Peter Adair before taking the position as executive director of the legendary Collective for Living Cinema in New York. Returning to the Bay Area in the 90s, Jack became Series Producer of the innovative public television series Living Room Festival, worked as an executive producer at public television station KQED, and most recently was executive director of the media arts service organization National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC). Jack has taught at The City College of New York, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and University of California, San Diego. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and an M.A. from San Francisco State University.

Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, Jack’s most recent film and his documentary directorial debut, premiered in the Documentary Panorama at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, 2015.