|When MTV started in the 80s, Harts music videos found a wider audience. Later with his wife, Dana Perry, he pioneered music documentaries that looked behind the music. These include the five-part VH1 retrospective The Seventies (1996), the four-part ABC Television celebration Motown 40 (1998), Rhythm, Country, and Blues (1996), which examined the common musical and social ground occupied by black and white musicians who in their youth were segregated, and the Cable Ace Award winning Leonard Bernsteins New York.
this time Hart also pursued art projects. In the 70s he received a Guggenheim
Fellowship for the invention of a holographic film process. His holograms
of computer generated images produced in the early 70s were innovative
and have been widely exhibited. In addition he produced holograms for
Salvador Dali and the Mabou Mines.
• "Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American
Art" two hour PBS series with Jonathan Fineberg, John
Carlin and Muse Film and Television. Distributed by PMI.
• "Valley Of Tears", a documentary
about civil rights struggles by Mexican/Americans migrant farm workers
in a South Texas town. Distributed by 7th Arts Releasing
• "Haiti: Killing the Dream", about
the Haitian coup against Bertrand Aristide. PBS September '92. Presented
by Jonathan Demme, selected for the New York and Berlin Film Festivals
and First Prize at the Latin American and San Juan Festivals.
• "John Hammond: From Bessie Smith To Bruce Springsteen",
a biography about the man credited with integrating popular music. American
Masters, PBS (Winner of Peabody Award, Cine Golden Eagle and London
Film Festival). '90
• "The Gipsy Kings", (broadcast June
1996 PBS). Through telling the story of the popular world music group
the Gipsy Kings, the documentary celebrates gypsy music and history.
• "Bernstein's New York". '97, features
Broadway stars performing the music from Bernstein's New York related
musicals like "West Side Story". Winner CABLE ACE Best Cultural
• "Rhythm, Country & Blues", duets
between legendary country and R &B artists with a civil rights subtext
(Monitor Award Best Director), '94
• "The Making of Sun City", about anti
apartheid protest by musicians. Nominated for a Grammy, and International
Documentary Association Award. '85
• Vietnam Veterans Against The War, about a peace
march and civil disobedience. 10 minutes. PBS American Dream Machine.
• And You Don't Stop: 30 Years in the History of Hip Hop, VH1
'04 five hours series, Produced by Perry Films and Dana Heinz Perry
• Motown 40 a four-hour examination of the history
and influence of Motown for ABC Television celebrating the 40th anniversary
of Motown Records. Broadcast February, 1998.
• A five part music documentary series "The '70's"
for VH1, August 1996. Produced by Perry Films and Dana Heinz Perry.
The programs show how the music of the decade reflected the politics
of the era, feminism, the growth of the music business, the disco fad
and the changing civil rights frontier.
• Harlan County:U.S.A. A feature documentary
on a coal miner strike in Appalachia. Academy Award.
'77, Directed by Barbara Kopple
• American Dream, feature documentary on union
busting, Academy Award, '91. Directed
by Barbara Kopple
• Additional camera Woodstock, the counter culture
event. Academy Award, '69. Directed by Michael Wadleigh
Music videos, longforms and programs
• Music videos and longforms: Aerosmith ( two
platinum homevideos), Alice Cooper (Schools Out, Elected,
VH1 Concert), Public Enemy (Fight the Power, Platinum
homevideo), Blondie ("The Tide is High"),
Stetsasonic (Monitor Award - Best Director), Little
Steven (Best video AVFA), Jackson Browne (
1st Prize Latin American Film Festival), Scorpions
(Platinum Homevideo), Sun City ( co/director, Best
video of year - Rolling Stone) and Co/Director of Peter Gabriel's
concert longform, "POV", nominated for MTV
and a Grammy awards. Peter Gabriel's peace concert
benefit "Hurricane Irene" featuring Lou Reed
and Jackson Browne among others. (Monitor Award Editing, MTV) "Rhythms
of the World" world music performances hosted by Peter
Gabriel, PBS. '93
Art Work and Experimental Films
• Hartigan, a short experimental film about the
painter Grace Hartigan. '69
• The Rest Is Silence a short documentary about
the Spanish sculptor Martin Chirino. '72
• The Birth of Venus an experimental computer
animated short, PBS. '74
• Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship ('75) and NEA grants for the
invention of a holographic film printer. The resulting holographic artwork
has been widely exhibited in museums and art galleries.
• Production of holograms for Salvador Dali, Milton Glazer, Mabou
Mimes, Agam and other artists.
• Laurie Anderson and Clone, producer for segments
in "Live from Off-Center", PBS. '91
• Jesse Jackson Peace Mission to Kosovo, 20/20
ABC, producer with Jon Alpert
• "Real World Week" for the BBC '92,
about world music artists collaborating and recording with artists like
Peter Gabriel and Sinead O'Connor. '92
• "The Vatican Concert to Commemorate The Holocaust"
for Great Performances, PBS with the London Philharmonic orchestra and
• Two episodes of "Trauma: Life in the E.R."
for The Learning Channel, fall '97.
• Two episodes "Paramedics", spring
• The Human Canvas, Spring 2000, TLC
• Consulting producer and founder with Danny Shechter of the public
television series "South Africa Now", hosted
by Charlyn Hunter Gault (156 half hour shows) Polk Award.
Guggenheim Fellowship, Peabody Award, International Documentary
Association, Cable Ace, (2)Cine Golden Eagle, AIVF, (2) Grammy Nomination
and (2) Monitor Awards for Best Director. Selected by New York Film
Festival, London Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Houston Film Festival,
Human Rights Film Festival and First Prize Latin American Film Festival.
Three Emmy Awards (local) for cinematography. Cinematography for three
feature documentaries which won Academy Awards and for documentary short
which won Columbia Dupont and Polk Award.
• Columbia College, BA '69 Art History and MFA Columbia University
Adjunct Associate Professor Columbia University '71 -' 75, Assistant
York College CUNY '73 - '75, Adjunct Professor NYU '94-'95.