Larry Clark (filmmaker)

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This article is about the filmmaker associated with the L.A. Rebellion movement. For the director of Kids, see Larry Clark.
Larry Clark
Born (1948-01-19) January 19, 1948 (age 69)
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Filmmaker
Employer San Francisco State University
Notable work Passing Through
Cutting Horse
Home town Cleveland, Ohio

Larry Clark (born January 19, 1948)[1] is one of the leading directors of the L.A. Rebellion (also known as the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers). He directed the feature films Passing Through (1977) and Cutting Horse (2002). He is also a film professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University.[2][3]


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Clark received a bachelor's degree at Miami University, prior to arriving at UCLA, where he majored in film.[3] While a student at UCLA, Clark taught film workshops at the Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles (PASLA), under the guidance of Vantile Whitfield.

Early career[edit]

Clark was a cinematographer for 1972's Wattstax and his recollections of the making of the film are included on a commentary track of the 2004 special-edition DVD of the restored film. Several crew and cast members are on the track, including Al Bell, president of Stax Records and producer of the film, and director Mel Stuart.

Passing Through served as Clark's master's thesis film at UCLA. The film stars Nathaniel Taylor (best known as "Rollo" on the hit television series, Sanford and Son) and veteran actor Clarence Muse. Clark co-wrote the screenplay with actor Ted Lange. Matthew Duersten of the LA Weekly described the film as a "potent underground L.A. neorealist treatise" that "is raw, gritty, surreal and, at times, terrifying."[4]


  • Cutting Horse, 2001, Director/writer, 124 min., 35mm
  • Passing Through, 1977, Director/writer, 104 min., 16mm
  • As Above So Below, 1973, Director, 55 min.
  • Tamu, 1970, 10 min., Director 16mm
  • Wattstax, 1974, Co-Cinematographer, feature documentary

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Special Jury Prize, Locarno International Film Festival[3]
  • Festival International du Film d’Amiens, France
  • Cannes International Film Festival (special event)
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York City
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Festival of Pan African Cinema (FESPACO), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Moscow Film Festival (information section)
  • Deauville Film Festival, France
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Los Angeles County Art Museum
  • Pesaro International Film Festival, Pesaro Italy
  • Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino Italy
  • The Chicago Film Center
  • Auckland Film Festival, New Zealand
  • Perth International Film Festival, Australia


  1. ^ "Weekend Birthdays". The Guardian. London, UK: Guardian News & Media: 51. 18 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ King, Susan (2011-10-03). "The 'L.A. Rebellion' returns". Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Larry Clark". San Francisco, California: San Francisco State University. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ Duersten, Matthew (2008-02-20). "Passing Through Again". L.A. Weekly. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 2011-10-10. Released the same year as Charles Burnett's recently revived Killer of Sheep (1977), Larry Clark's Passing Through is another rarely seen but potent underground L.A. neorealist treatise that plumbs similar themes of the exploitation and degradation of black culture and posits jazz music as a revolutionary call to arms. 

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