Ross Lipman is an independent filmmaker and film restorationist. His many restorations at the UCLA Film & Television Archive include Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, Kent Mackenzie's The Exiles, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, and works by Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Shirley Clarke, Kenneth Anger, and John Cassavetes. He was a 2008 recipient of Anthology Film Archives' Preservation Honors, and is a three-time winner of the National Society of Film Critics' Heritage Award. His essays on film history, technology, and aesthetics have been published in numerous books and journals. Lipman's filmmaking works have screened internationally and been collected by museums and institutions including the Oberhausen Kurzfilm Archive, Budapest's Balazs Bela Studios, Munich's Sammlung Goetz, The Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, and Northeast Historic Film.
Through his parallel disciplines lies a fascination with the temporality and transience of human endeavor. In recent years he has been designing films, videos, and live cinema performances exploring urban decay as a marker of modern consciousness. His most recent film restoration is Barbara Loden's Wanda, and his most recent original production is the live cinema essay, The Book of Paradise Has No Author .
photo by Kris Cohen