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About Alan


Following my graduation from Hollywood High in 1949, I went to UCLA, then Stanford and UCBerkeley, and finally back to UCLA for my MFA in 1970 from the Motion Picture Division of the College of Theater Arts.

The civil rights movement came to colleges in the 1960s, and I was involved in demonstrations by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and later the Committee for Traditional Indian Land & Life (TILL), which led to my short documentary films THE SAVAGES (1967) about unemployed African-American youth in Venice, California, and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI (1970) about the life of a traditional, which led to our docudrama feature film EARTH SPIRIT (2006) about traditional resistance against oil and mining, which led to our educational feature trilogy video PROPHECY&POLLUTION, which includes those two previous American Indian film stories but adds a conclusion entitled THIRD WORLD INVESTMENT SEMINAR which shows the terrible effects of oil and mining on indigenous peoples around the world, as predicted by the prophecy of the Hopi and others.

EARTH SPIRIT received the Neptune Award at the MoonDance International Film Festival.

PROPHECY & POLLUTION has been an Official Selection at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival, the GreenScreen Environmental Film Festival, the S.U.R.G.E. International Film Festival, and the Unseen Human Rights Film Festival. It is presently being set up by to sell DVDs.
In the civil rights movement, I met my wife Gwyn, and we also share an interest in theater and film. My first college job in 1977 teaching film courses for Hilo College developed out of my theater and video work there. Gwyn and myself founded a community theater for youth in Hilo. Then I took the film course to Manoa for the College of Continuing Education and Community Service there, and Gwyn and I both worked as media specialists at Leeward College, producing a weekly video magazine THE OAHU GAZETTE for PBS station KHET-TV in Honolulu.

We returned to Los Angeles to produce the feature dramatic theatrical entertainment film LIVING THE BLUES with rhythm-and-blues legend Sam Taylor. I taught drama and English courses for the Los Angeles Unified School District. At the Inner City Cultural Center and later at the Boys and Girls Club, Gwyn and I worked with disadvantaged youth as well as students with learning disabilities. We found most students who cannot handle academic studies or discipline are nevertheless capable of mastering dialog and stage performance and gaining self-confidence.

In 1986 we moved north near Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with a dream of a summer performing arts camp for children. We started with buying our own restaurant and constructing an outdoor stage and dining area, writing and producing dinner theater scenes and plays to cater to locals as well as tourists. I taught for Merced College, and we organized a children’s community theater group.

In 1990 we again returned to Los Angeles because Gwyn was awarded a contract as an educational consultant to write and perform a history education stage presentation with drama and music for the Blues Schoolhouse Program created by the House of Blues Foundation for student audiences from the Los Angeles public schools. I returned to teaching and to writing and producing educational videos.

This feature film, presenting R&B Hall of Fame immortal Sam Taylor, received the FilmTrax Award at the Ghent International Film Festival


My latest and perhaps last video is the educational short HOW TO JUMP START YOUR WAR:
My Young Adult novel LOOKING FOR THE REAL THING is the story of a high school senior seeking a simpler future away from angry kids, stressed adults, monstrous schools, everyday violence, massive traffic
Our short educational film FELICIA (1965) has this year been honored with selection for the National Motion Picture Archive by the Library of Congress.

FREE indigenous resistance film—

National Film Archive
Black student in the 1960s

LIVING THE BLUES with Sam Taylor

California ghetto gangsters in the civil rights era

EARTH SPIRIT native resistance


Unique traits: Aloha, The list below shows all our films now on YouTube, so viewing YouTube is now FREE to viewers, ______________________________________________ HOW TO JUMP START YOUR WAR WordWar2.KoreanWar.Vietnam.Iraq Histories Today View FREE on YouTube  ______________________________________________ FELICIA Library of Congress National Motion Picture Honors FREE Viewing Today on YouTube > black student in the 1960s civil rights era ____________________________________________ Blues Hall of Fame Sam Taylor— LIVING THE BLUES FilmTrax Award at International Festival of Music in Film Today NO CHARGE To View on YouTube  ___________________________________________ AmericanFilmFestival Honors— THE SAVAGES California ghetto gangsters in civil rights era YouTube Viewing Today NO CHARGE > ___________________________________________ FREE Viewing Today! MoonDance Film Festival Neptune Award— EARTH SPIRIT Today Viewing on YouTube at NO CHARGE > native resistance against neo-colonial corporate oil and mining pollution and exploitation _______________________________________ AFI Honored educational film— AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI Today Viewing NO CHARGE on YouTube  ___________________________________________ TECHQUA IKACHI indigenous resistance against exploitation and pollution Today View on YouTube FREE  ____________________________________________ PROPHECY&POLLUTION history of worldwide indigenous resistance against exploitation and pollution View Today on YouTube FREE   _____________________________________________ One film not free because prohibited off YouTube because too sexy: HOLLYWOOD LOVE Too SEXY  Banned Off YouTube !!!!!

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