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Charles LOFTON

Nationality: American

Charles Lofton (born 1962, Alabama, USA) has been making films since 1989. He was born into an American military family and grew up in Seoul, Korea and Frankfurt, Germany. His found footage reconstructions of queer identity, memory and history have been exhibited internationally, including screenings at Centre Pompidou, British Film Institute and European Media Art Festival. He studied engineering, physics and mathematics before escaping to New York City and immersing himself in experimental film. He was a member of artist/activist collectives ART+POSITIVE and ACT UP New York. He worked as studio manager for video artist Dara Birnbaum and production assistant for filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Among his sources of inspiration are filmmakers Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien, Stan Brakhage and Jordan Belson. He was artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center and received support from Film Video/Arts New York, Lyn Blumental Memorial Fund Chicago and Film Arts Foundation San Francisco. His work was awarded by the National Black Programming Consortium. He was guest curator for San Francisco Cinematheque and MIX Experimental Film/Video Festival. He taught a course on queer experimental film and wrote for Filmmaker Magazine. After living and working in New York City and San Francisco, Charles relocated to Amsterdam in 1997 where he continues to make films.

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