Emile Norman: By His Own Design
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Editor's note: Emile Norman passed away on September 24, 2009.
Emile Norman -- By His Own Design is a portrait of the self-taught California artist, Emile Norman. Born in 1918, Norman worked with a passion for life, art, nature, and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.
The film tells the story of Norman's independent spirit: how it developed from his early days on a ranch in the San Gabriel Valley; brought him success in New York City in the 1940s and 50s; and gave him the confidence to leave the New York art scene and find freedom in Big Sur where he and Brooks Clement, his partner of 30 years, built a house and created a haven for a circle of friends.
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Emile Norman: Crew & Credits
Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker
Directors of Photography
Mary Ellen Klee
Additional Audio Post
Paul Zahnley, C.A.S.
Disher Music & Sound
Big Sur - Jeffrey Mallory
Italy - Tom Corwin
Off Line Edit Facilities
Mill Valley Film Group
Film to Tape Transfer
Alix Ann Loveland
Archive Film Courtesy of
Getty Images/ Image Bank Film
National Archives and Records Administration
Before Stonewall courtesy of Jezebel Productions
Big Sur The Way It Was courtesy of Robert Blaisdell
Blue Skies (1946) courtesy of Paramount Pictures/ Universal Studios
Kerouac (1985) courtesy of Mill Valley Film Group
Over Easy (1979) courtesy of KQED
Archive Photos Courtesy of
El Monte High School, Liria Enriquez
Martha Holmes/ Time & Life Pictures/ Getty Images
Express/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images
Karsh of Ottawa
Performed by Frank Sinatra & Harry James and His Orchestra
Written by Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
courtesy of Columbia Records/ Sony BMG
Health, Education and Videotape, Inc.
Union Bank Of California
Wells Fargo Bank
The Emile Norman Charitable Trust
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Jo and Jerry Barton
T.J. and Debbie Day
Drs. June Dunbar and John Philips
Steve Eimer and Kevin Cartwright
John Howard and Lorna Brett Howard
Bob Getchell and Ross Hirshorn
Owen and Roxanne Gleason
Corinna and Larry Gordon
Kent and Connie Matsumoto
Mark and Robbie Meryash
Robert and Patricia Pavey
Ron and Sandy Robinson
George Somero and Amy Anderson
Jeptha and Betty Wade
Indra Mungal, Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Masonic Auditorium - Alan Casalou, Doug Ismail, Dick Gentschel, Angel Alvarez and Jody Brand
Erica Stone, The American Himalayan Foundation
Jo and Jerry Barton
Carmel Bach Festival
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
Glen Oaks Motel
Steve Opson - KCSM-TV
KQED-TV, Jeff Clarke, John L. Boland,
Sue Ellen McCann, Rachel Raney, and Louise Lo
Bill and Laura Stahl
Very Special Thanks
Jeffrey Mallory, C. Kevin Smith and Mary the Cat (1988-2005)
Produced in association with KQED Public Television
Supported by The Independent Feature Project Market (IFP)
Emile Norman: By His Own Design is a production of The Emile Norman Documentary Project which is solely responsible for its content.
c. 2006 The Emile Norman Documentary Project
All Rights Reserved
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