Paul Clipson, the San Francisco-based experimental filmmaker once described as a "poet of cinema," died unexpectedly Saturday at the age of 53.
Clipson made dozens of short films and collaborated frequently with experimental musicians like Grouper, Maggi Payne and Black Spirituals. His psychedelic, non-narrative work brought him international acclaim, with his films appearing at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
"Paul Clipson — a criminally unsung luminary of the moving image — has died. His images, layers upon layers of light and energy and feeling has been an inspiration," filmmaker Scott Barely wrote on Twitter.
Born in 1965, Clipson grew up in Michigan as a film fanatic and began making movies as a teenager.
"I love film — just the history, everything. As soon as I could get a Super 8 camera, I was making films where I grew up in Michigan," Clipson told writer Geeta Dayal in 2015.