|AMALIE R. ROTHSCHILD|
|filmmaker and photographer||
135 Hudson Street #1F New York,
Amalie R. Rothschild has a multi-faceted background in Graphic Design, Photography, Computer Imaging, Motion Picture and Video Production. She has a BFA (1967) in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design where she spent her senior year on their European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. She studied photography with Harry Callahan, and has an MFA (1969) in Film Production from New York University’s Institute of Film and Television where she also studied photography with Paul Caponigro. From 1968 to 1974 she worked extensively as a free-lance photographer in the music field, her photographs appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time-Life Books, Life Magazine, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, After Dark and many other publications. From 1969 to 1971 she worked with the Joshua Light Show at the Fillmore East Theater in New York producing special effects photography, slides, graphics, films and film loops used during performances and was considered the theater’s unofficial house photographer. She had unlimited access onstage and backstage to all the happenings at the Fillmore East, and was also on staff at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. During that period she photographed most of the major rock music events on the East Coast including the 1969 Newport Festival, Tanglewood 1969 & 1970, The Who’s 1969 US premiere of their rock opera Tommy, the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in November 1969, Bob Dylan’s 1974 tour, and, in England, the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. Rolling Stone featured one of her photographs of Bob Dylan on the cover of Issue 43. Bobbs Merrill devoted 30 pages to her work in their 1972 book The Photography of Rock. She was one of the two photographers for the 1987 Prentice Hall book The Food Lovers Guide to the Real New York. A selection of her work is in the Abbeville Press book Radical Rags (1990), Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out (Doubleday, 1992), Cherokee Mist: The Lost Writings of Jimi Hendrix (HarperCollins, 1993), Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead’s American Adventure (Clarkson Potter, 1998), Dylan (Metro Books, 1998), Woodstock: An Inside Look at the Movie that Shook Up the World and Defined a Generation (1999, Michael Wiese Prod), A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead (Broadway Books/Random House, 2002), Jimi Hendrix–Musician (Backbeat Books, UK, 2004), Classic Hendrix (Genesis Publications, 2004), Grateful Dead Gear (Backbeat Books U.S., 2006), Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd (Mind Head Publishing, UK, 2007), The Grateful Dead: 365 Days (Abrams, 2008), Fire and Rain (Da Capo Press, 2011) and Eric Clapton Treasures (Carlton Books, 2013) among many others. From 1994 to 2010 the Corbis/Bettmann Archive represented and licensed her photographs for editorial use and from 1997 until its closing in 2006 she was with the Star File Photo Agency. In 1999 Acid Test Productions/Thunder’s Mouth Press published a hardcover monograph of her photographs, Live at the Fillmore East: A Photographic Memoir. In 2000 it came out in a softcover edition and has been reprinted six times.
A skilled and veteran filmmaker, she has been producing and directing documentaries since 1969 with special emphasis on films about social issues as revealed through the lives of people in the arts. Her film PAINTING THE TOWN: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas (1990) is about the architectural trompe l’oeil mural artist whose witty work is transforming the American urban landscape. It premiered at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival and screened in the New Directors/New Films Series co-sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art. It won a Golden Gate Award at the 1990 San Francisco International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle, a Blue Ribbon and the “Emily” Best of Festival Award at the 1990 American Film and Video Festival, and the 2nd Award at Media Save Art at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 1991. Its PBS broadcast was in 1991. In both 1990 and 1992 it was shown for a month on all long-haul flights to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific Airlines, and in 1993 was licensed by British Airways. In 1998 it was acquired by RAISAT in Italy. Her film CONVERSATIONS WITH WILLARD VAN DYKE, about the photographer (co-founder of Group f/64), filmmaker (The City, Valley Town) and first director of the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art, won the BEST in Fine Arts and the BRONZE Award at the 1981 San Francisco International Film Festival and was broadcast by the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corp., TV New Zealand, WNET Channel 13, NDR German TV and RAISAT. It is distributed by The Museum of Modern Art in New York and New Day Films. All of her films, including others like WOO WHO? MAY WILSON (1969), IT HAPPENS TO US (1972), and NANA, MOM AND ME (1974), have been shown throughout the world in film festivals such as: London, Edinburgh, Nyon, Rotterdam, New Delhi, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, Tampere, Pesaro and the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy, and have been showcased in Museums across the United States including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Art Institute, St. Louis Museum, Walker Art Center, High Museum in Atlanta, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum, Pacific Film Archive and the National Gallery of Art, among many others.
She is one of the original four founders in 1971 of New Day Films, the pioneering self-distribution cooperative still going strong, and has received many production grants including the American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker grant (1973); National Endowment for the Arts 1977, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1987; New York State Council on the Arts 1978, 1987; Ohio Joint Program in the Arts and Humanities 1985; Pinewood Foundation 1978; and John Hay Whitney 1978, 1980. From 1976-78 she taught film production at New York University, and in 1977 she was invited by Margaret Mead to lecture and show her film NANA, MOM AND ME at the Kin and Communities Symposium at the Smithsonian Institution. In 2007 the film won an award for its pioneering role in autobiographical cinema at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy, where she also had a retrospective of her films and an exhibition of her music photographs. She has been honored with a one-woman exhibition of her films at the Sheldon Film Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska, a “What’s Happening” program at The Museum of Modern Art in NY, and other dedicated shows of her work at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA, the High Museum in Atlanta, Film Forum NYC, among others. In 2008 she had a mini retrospective at the International Festival of Women’s Films in Florence, Italy.
She lectures and shows her work frequently at museums, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Between 1982 and 1987 she did programs under the auspices of the U.S. Information Service in New Zealand, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China. She also does workshops and seminars on photography and digital imaging at the university level. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Entertainment. In addition, she speaks Italian fluently and since 1983 divides her time between New York and Italy where she is developing new projects. In 2002, after 19 years in Rome, she moved to Florence and has, currently, in the works: a feature length film based on her Fillmore East book, a video documentary on the cult of the olive and olive oil production, and on-going digital photography working with Adobe Photoshop and other programs on the Macintosh computer platform, in addition to preparing exhibitions and printing her photographs in a traditional wet darkroom. She also spent 10 years in collaboration with Angelo Pontecorboli creating a major art book published in 2012, Amalie Rothschild, documenting the work and legacy of her artist mother and namesake who died in November 2001. She is continuing research on her mother's catalogue raisonnée which will be published online in the near future.
She had her
first solo exhibition of her rock music pictures from June 18
to August 10, 1997 at the SoHo Triad Fine Arts Gallery in New
York City. Her second show was from April 18 to May 17, 1998
at the Gomez Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, and her third
exhibition was from February 8 to May 12, 1999 in the
corporate headquarters gallery of the music television cable
channel VH1 Music First in the Viacom Building in NYC. She had
a photograph in the International Center for Photography’s
July 1999 Celebrity Auction; a selection of her work hangs in
Hard Rock Cafes in NYC, St. Louis and Rome, Italy; in July
2000 her photograph of Tina Turner and Janis Joplin singing
together was given as a gift to President Clinton and
displayed in the Music Room at the White House. It is also in
the private collections of Lenny Kravitz, John Sykes, Dr.
Jonathan Samet and many others. Eleven of her pictures are
featured in the permanent collection of the Experience Music
Project Museum in Seattle, WA. Two photographs were in the
RockX-Posed Tour of The Kodak Rock Photography Collection
which toured the U.S. in 2003. Her work is seen frequently on
covers and in the booklets of compact disc reissues by Sony
Music, Columbia, Electra, Grateful Dead Merchandising, Rhino
and other record labels and in magazines like Mojo, Rolling
Stone, Classic Rock, Elmore, and Uncut. Previously with Soho
Triad Fine Arts Gallery in New York, Govinda Gallery,
Washington, D.C., Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD, David Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA, Michele Mosko Fine Art in Denver, CO, all now
closed, and Staley-Wise Gallery and the Bonni Benrubi Gallery,
both in NYC, she is represented currently by the Morrison
Hotel Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, Monroe Gallery of
Photography in Santa Fe, NM, and Snap Galleries in London,
exhibitions include SoHo Triad Fine Arts April 6–May 21, 2000
and May 9–June 23, 2002; Gomez October 7–November 4, 2000;
Govinda August 3 to September 8, 2001; Snap Galleries June
4–July 30, 2005; Studio Art Centers International Gallery,
Florence, Italy October 6–November 6, 2005 and February 16 to
March 6, 2009; the Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT January 6
to February 2, 2007; MAMBO at Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy
May 31–June 24, 2007; the David Gallery, Los Angeles June
23–August 18, 2007; a two-person exhibition with renowned
graphic artist Stanley Mouse at Michele Mosko Fine Art,
Denver, CO May 6 to August 15, 2009; a solo show at the Arvada
Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada (Denver), CO June
10 to August 29, 2010; and a two person show Rock
Palaces with Bill Green at the Morrison Hotel
Gallery, NYC May 7 to 27, 2015. A selection of her work was in
the group shows The Sixties
at Bonni Benrubi, NYC 1999; La
Revolución del Rock & Roll, Fototeca de Cuba,
Havana, Cuba 2002; and Icons Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe 2004.
Sixteen of her photographs were featured in the exhibition Summer
of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era at the Tate
Liverpool, U.K. May 27–September 25, 2005 and in its traveling
versions in Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria in 2006,
and the Whitney Museum in NYC May through September 2007.
Other group shows include: The
Official Bob Dylan Exhibition, Proud Galleries,
London, England 2005; The
Sixties–Decade of Change, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm
Beach 2005; Pink Floyd: Shine
on you Crazy Diamond, Redferns Gallery, London,
England February–April 2006; Music
and Fashion, Staley-Wise Gallery, NYC May 18–August
17, 2007; Classic Black
& White Photography, The Arts Company, Nashville,
TN November 3–22, 2007; Live
from New York City, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York
June 18 to September 12, 2009; We
Want Miles, Musée de la Musique, Paris, France
October 16, 2009 to January 17, 2010, Montreal Museum of Fine
Arts, Québec, Canada April 30 to August 29, 2010, Centro
Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janiero August 1 to September
25, 2011, and SESC Pinheiros, Såo Paulo, Brazil October 19 to
January 25, 2012; The Art of
Sound: Photographs of Musicians and Music, Monroe
Gallery, February 5 to April 11, 2010; The
Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical
Society, NYHS March 5 to September 5, 2010; Six
Decades of Rock’n’Roll, Amerika Haus, Munich, Germany
March 25 to July 5, 2010; 50
Years of Rock and Roll Through the Eyes of Women
Photographers, various galleries and museums in
Eastern Europe, June 2011 to October 2012; History’s
Big Picture, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
July 1 to September 25, 2011; She
Bop a Lula, Strand Gallery, London, March 7 to April
1, 2012; Bill Graham and
the Rock and Roll Revolution featuring 11
photographs at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, May
7 to October 11, 2015.
Amalie R. Rothschild Exhibitions & Collections
Filmography- Selected screenings & Awards
ONE WOMAN SHOWS:
1972: Film Forum, New York.
WOO WHO? MAY WILSON (1969)
1970: C.I.N.E. Eagle Award;
Special Events Screening New York Film Festival; Flaherty Film
The film is in the collection of over 50 university and public libraries, the United States Information Service, and from 1973 to1986 was distributed in Australia by the Sydney Filmmakers Coop. U.S. distribution is with New Day Films.
IT HAPPENS TO US (1971)
Merit Award Winner, 1975 Johns Hopkins University Medical School Human Sexuality Film Festival.
1972: American Film Festival;
Tampere Film Festival, Finland; Pesaro; International Film
Festival, Italy; First International Festival of Women's Films;
Arden House Public Televsion Seminar; Flaherty Film Seminar;
Toronto Film Festival; Film Forum, New York; Yale University.
Museums: Museum of Modern Art,NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; Sheldon Art Gallery, Univ. of Nebraska.
The film is in the collection of
over 155 hospital, university and public libraries.
NANA, MOM AND ME (1974)
Francis Scott Key Award, 1975 Baltimore International Film Festival, Baltimore, Maryland.
Home Movie Award for pioneering
contribution to autobiographical cinema.
1974: Flaherty Film Seminar; Arden House Public Television Seminar; Women's Interart Center Guest Series.
1975: Nyon International Film Festival, Switzerland; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland; Anthropological Cinema Series, American Museum of Natural History.
1976: Edinburgh Film Festival; American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Pacific Film Archive; Conference on Visual Anthopology; First International Women's Film Festival, Tehran, Iran; Orson Welles Cinema, Cambridge, MA; American Psychological Association Annual Convention; Ortho-Psychiatric Association Annual Convention; Second International Festival of Women's Films, NY, NY.
1977: WNET-TV Channel 13 Independent Focus Series; Margaret Mead Film Festival; Annenberg Cinemateque; Kin and Communities Symposium, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Pittsburgh Filmmakers Preview Circuit.
1978: Autobiography Conference, Art Gallery of Ontario; Manhattan Cable Television; Second Margaret Mead Film Festival; Women's National Democratic Club Spring Meeting.
1982: Sydney Filmmakers Cooperative, Australia; U.S. Embassy Program, Wellington, New Zealand; North Texas State University; Corpus Christi University.
1983: New Delhi Film Festival, India; Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome, Italy.
1984: American Cultural Center, Jakarta, Indonesia; American Embassy Program, Beijing, China.
1985: International Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence, Italy;
1987: Joint Film and Cultural Club Program, Pescara, Italy.
2007: Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy
2008: 30th International Women’s
Film Festival, Florence, Italy
The film is in the collection of over 60 university and public libraries, the United States Information Service, and the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. In the U.S. it is distributed by New Day Films.
Bronze Award and Best in Fine Arts
Category, 1981 San Francisco International Film Festival.
1981: American Film Festival; Center Screen, Harvard University; Flaherty Film Seminar; Grierson Film Seminar; University Film and Video Association Annual Conference; New York University Department of Cinema Studies New Directions in Documentary Series; Anthology Film Archives; FILMEX, Los Angeles International Film Exposition; Sheldon Film Theater and Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
1982: Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals, Australia; Wellington Film Festival, New Zealand; U.S. Embassy Program, Wellington, N.Z.; Edinburgh Film Festival; London Film Festival; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy; NuArt Theater, Los Angeles; Cinemateque Quebecoise, Montreal; Rice University, Houston, Texas; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California; Berlin Film Market.
1983: Australian Broadcasting Corporation; New Zealand Television; Sundance U.S. Film Festival, Park City, Utah; India Government Film Service, Bombay; University of Turkey, Istanbul; University of Izmir, Turkey; University of Turkey, Ankara.
1984: British Broadcasting Corporation; Shanghai Film Studio, China; Beijing Documentary Film Studio; Foreign Languages Institute #1, Beijing; American Cultural Center, Jakarta, Indonesia; American Cultural Center, Hong Kong; Hong Kong University.
1985: America of the New Deal Film Series, Modena, Italy; International Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence.
1987: American Embassy, Beijing, China; Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome.
1989: University of Montana, Bozeman.
1990: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.
1998: Licensed by RAISAT, Italy
2007: Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy
2013: Baltimore Camera Club,
The film is in the collection of over 50 university and public libraries, and the United States Information Service. It is distributed in the U.K. by the British Film Institute and in the southern hemisphere by the Australian Film Institute. In the United States it is distributed by the Museum of Modern Art Film Circulation Library and New Day Films.
"EMILY" Best in Festival Award and
Blue Ribbon in Fine Arts Category,
1990: Sundance U.S. Film Festival,
Park City, Utah; New Directors/New Films, Museum of Modern
Art/Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY; National Gallery of Art
East Wing Auditorium, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution
Resident Associates Program; American Academy in Rome; Festival
dei Popoli, Florence, Italy; Festival of Films on Art, Montreal
Canada; American Film Institute/Los Angeles International Film
Festival; Baltimore International Film Festival; International
Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence, Italy; Festival of Films
on Architecture and Urban Planning (FIFARC), Bordeaux, France;
Portland International Film Festival, Oregon; First Internaional
Festival of CINE and TV, Santander, Spain; Temple University
Abroad, Rome, Italy; Maryland Institute College of Art; Rhode
Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome.
1991: Second Leningrad (St. Petersburg) International Festival of Non-Feature Films, Russia; International Festival of Films on Architecture and Town-Planning, Lausanne, Switzerland; Festival Internazionale del Film sull'Arte, Asolo, Italy; Israel Educational Television.
Licensed for screening in Club Class by British Airways.
American Public Televsion Broadcast (PBS).
1992: Licensed again by Cathay Pacific Airlines.
1993: Licensed again for screening in Club Class by British Airways.
1998: Licensed by RAISAT, Italy
2007: Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy
2009: Studio Art Centers
International, Florence, Italy
The film is
distributed by Direct Cinema Limited and is in many public and
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