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Everett Lewis, M.F.A.

Associate Professor
Track Head, Directing

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production
John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

Work Phone: 213.740.3317
Office: SCA 440

Professor Everett Lewis is an award winning independent filmmaker who has written and directed nine independent features: The Natural History of Parking Lots (Sundance, 1990), An Ambush of Ghosts (Sundance 1992), Skin & Bone (Toronto 1994, just re-released in Germany), Luster (Outfest 2000), FAQs, also known as Prends-Moi in France (Philadelphia 2002), Lucky Bastard (Outfest 2008), The Pretty Boys (currently being released in 2011), Somefarwhere (to be released in 2012).  He is filming his tenth film, entitled Balthazar, in the summer of 2011. His films will be the subject of a retrospective in France, at Polychromes Festival in Nice, in October 2011.

Professor Lewis has helped to both create and continually define (and redefine) independent filmmaking as a genre. He has developed a significant oeuvre and contribution to cinema as a filmmaker working to explore, through fiction filmmaking, documentation of gay and lesbian characters and experiences.

With hundreds of screenings, his films have been a staple of international festivals from the beginning of his career. He and his work have been profiled in the books The Indies: The Directors and Out At The Movies: A History of Gay Cinema.

In 2010/2011 he and writer James Egan collaborated on a book of interviews chronicling the career of filmmaker John Waters. The book is being launched with an event and retrospective of the work of John Waters at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as a event and retrospective at the School of Cinematic Arts.