Robert Withers was born in 1947 in
Kansas City, Missouri on a tobacco farm.
history of art
and filmmaking with Standish Lawder at
Yale University, began making short art
films, moved to New York City, and worked for D.A. Pennebaker during
the Ziggy Stardust
era. He was artist-in-residence at City
filmmaking, film history, and screenwriting at New York Institute
Technology, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Fordham
Withers authored a textbook, INTRODUCTION
In 1991 he
received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the
Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
years Withers served as Executive Director of the New York Expo of
Short Film & Video, a
40-year-old international festival
of independent shorts.
has won awards for his short
films at festivals in the
United States, France, and Germany, and received an Independent
Filmmaker Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bunuel, Duras, Fassbinder, Godard, Marker,
Rivette, Sondheim, Warhol
Beckett, Brecht, Faulkner, Paz, Proust
. . .