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Ralph Arlyck

Ralph Arlyck

Ralph Arlyck's film work includes Current Events, which was selected as Best Documentary at the Atlanta Film Festival and aired on PBS and the BBC; An Acquired Taste, regarded as a classic of the personal-essay genre; and the much-acclaimed Godzilla Meets Mona Lisa, a whimsical tour of Paris' Pompidou Center. His films have screened at Sundance, the New York and London Film Festivals, the Prix Italia and other gatherings. Arlyck has been a prominent advocate for American independent producers, twice testifying before Congress and once before the Carnegie Commission on the importance of independent filmmakers to public television's mission. He writes on production issues for several media journals. A former member of the board of INPUT, the international public television showcase, Arlyck is a long-standing participant in the distribution cooperative New Day Films.

Arlyck received a bachelor's degree in English from Colgate University and a master of science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his wife, Elisabeth, who teaches at Vassar College. He has taught film production at Vassar, the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo and SUNY Purchase.

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I was living in the Haight, and there was this wonderful, precocious, audacious four-year-old living upstairs from me. I was a film student at the time, and I needed a project, so I decided to film him.”

— Ralph Arlyck, Filmmaker

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