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Robert Kramer
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A preeminent filmmaker of the American left, Robert Kramer was a significant presence in the independent film movement of the 1960's.

Born in 1939, he grew up in New York City and went on to study philosophy and western European history at Swarthmore College and Stanford University.

By the time he graduated, he was heavily involved in political activism, and worked first as a community organizer in Newark, and then as a reporter in Latin America.

After making The People’s War, a film on the guerrilla movement in Venezuela, he moved back to New York City and helped to found Newsreel, an underground media collective which produced some 60 documentaries and short films about radical political subjects and the anti-war movement. It was during this time that Kramer developed his highly distinctive cinematic style, a blending of fiction and documentary filmmaking.

In the early 1980's, Kramer relocated to France, where he remained a prolific filmmaker until his death in 1999.

Icarus Films distributes four films by Kramer:

  • FALN - A remarkable time capsule of Venezuelan political and social history, and valuable background to the ongoing social conflicts in that country.

  • Ice - An innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime.

  • Milestones - A lilting, free-associative masterpiece that follows dozens of characters as they try to reconcile their ideals with the realities of American life.

  • Route One/USA - After years abroad, Doc (Paul McIsaac) and director Robert Kramer follow Route 1 from Maine to Miami and encounter a tapestry of American life.

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