|An independent film production company, Timed Exposures has produced more than a dozen critically-acclaimed documentaries which span a broad spectrum of subjects. These films have been broadcast widely in the United States and Europe, and have won top prizes at American and international festivals. The company has a long-standing distribution partnership with New Day Films.|
A veteran of documentary filmmaking, producer and director Ralph Arlyck heads Timed Exposures.
Arlyck's film career began in 1969 when, as a film student in San Francisco, Arlyck made the celebrated short film, Sean, about a 4-year-old living in Haight-Ashbury, at the heart of 60s counter-culture. Sean quickly went on to win numerous festival prizes, and screened as part of a White House conference on children. The film debuted in New York with François Truffaut's L'Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child) .
Since these auspicious beginnings, Arlyck has continued to make evocative films which blend journalistic inquiry with subjective narrative. Among these are Current Events, an examination of how people do (or do not) respond to the stream of horrific events on the nightly news, Godzilla Meets Mona Lisa, an exploration of the controversy surrounding Paris' Pompidou Center art museum, and An Acquired Taste, a wry look at American culture's obsession with success — considered a classic of independent cinema and personal fimmaking.
Arlyck, along with Producer Malcolm Pullinger, has just completed Following Sean, a feature-length revist with the subject of his first film, Sean. In this new work, Arlyck travels back to San Francisco to find out what happened to Sean and his family, and, in turn, what has become of 60s idealism in today's world. Along the way, Arlyck considers his own family's connections to that turbulent time. Following Sean is shot on 16mm, and runs 87 mins.
Throughout his career, Arlyck has also played a key advocacy role for American independent producers, testifying twice in Congress and once before the Carnegie Commission on the role of independents in public television. He was centrally involved in legislation which first recognized independents as an important force within that system.
He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.