Gary Walkow studied film with Jeanine Basinger at Wesleyan University. He did extensive research into the films of F.W. Murnau, with George Pratt at the George Eastman House, and in the archives of William K. Everson. Walkow began his career as a film editor.
His short film, "Auto-Mates" was shot entirely inside an automobile. DP Tom Frei designed and built a tracking system that allowed for tracking shots inside a moving automobile. This innovative technique was the subject of an article in the August 1979 issue of "American Cinematographer."
Walkow's first film as a writer-director, The Trouble With Dick, won the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film festival. The film was acquired for distribution by FilmDallas Pictures, but the company went bankrupt before it released the film. Notes from Underground, Walkow's second film, premiered at Toronto and Sundance, and won the Innovation Award at the Taos Talking Pictures festival. The prize was five acres of land on the Taos mesa. Walkow's third feature, Beat, tells the story of two killings that were pivotal events in the lives of the core Beat writers: Lucien Carr's stabbing of Dave Kammerer in New York City in 1944, and William Burrough's shooting of Joan Vollmer Burroughs in Mexico City in 1951. After some controversy at its Sundance Festival premiere, the film was released by Lion's Gate. Iain Sinclair writes about the film in "American Smoke."
Crashing is a meta-sequel to The Trouble With Dick (it tells the story of Richard McMurray, the author of the novel The Trouble with Dick). His 2000 film Beat premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000 and was entered into the 22nd Moscow International Film Festival.
Walkow is the author of six novels. Radio Mary is adapted from his first novel.
As a photographer, Walkow has had shows at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica. His Airport Avenue Series was paired with the paintings of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The Corner of the Universe series is on permanent display in the upper patio of the Original Farmer's Market in Hollywood. He is represented by Millinnium Images (London).
As film writer-director
- "Radio Mary" (2012)
- "Callers" (2009)
- Crashing (2007)
- Beat (2000)
- Notes from Underground (1995)
- The Trouble with Dick (1987)
- "Auto-Mates" (1978) (short)
- "22nd Moscow International Film Festival (2000)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
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