Biography: Alan Dater graduated from Goddard College in 1965 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He began his film career in New York City shortly thereafter working on documentaries as a freelance soundman and later as a director/cameraman. Many of these productions were broadcast on the major U.S. networks and include: span, an Emmy Award-winning medical documentary series for NBC; The Body Human, an Emmy Award-winning medical series for CBS; and National Geographic Specials. He has gained extensive experience in film and video from working on many productions on the arts, social issues, and education as well as for the corporate world. These productions include the feature film Hi Mom directed by Brian De Palma starring Robert De Niro; and a documentary about the country singer Johnny Cash entitled Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music. After moving to Vermont he continued his freelance career and began producing independent films. Often these films focused on the arts. They include: The Stuff of Dreams, the story of a community theater group’s creation of an elaborate, original production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, shown at INPUT in Milan; and Blanche, a portrait of the conductor, Blanche Honegger Moyse, one of the founders of the Marlboro (Vermont) Music Festival.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2014).
The Stuff of Dreams (1976);
Blanche: A Profile of Blanche Honegger Moyse (1986);
Wolf Kahn: Landscape Painter (1990);
Bridge of Fire (1992);
Home to Tibet (1995);
The World in Claire’s Classroom (2000);
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008).