Robert Beavers


Born in Brookline Massachusetts in 1949, Robert Beavers attended public schools in Weymouth (MA), then Boston Latin School and Deerfield Academy before meeting the filmmaker Gregory J. Markopoulos and making his first 16mm film in 1966 in New York. It was shown at the Fourth International Experimental Film Competition in Knokke-le-Zoute (Belgium) the following year. By that time Beavers had re-located to Europe with Markopoulos, and over the next decades he made films in Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most recently the U.S.A. The one fixed point was the Temenos Archive in Uster, Switzerland. In the past few years there have been retrospectives of his films at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern, Pacific Film Archive and Austrian Filmmuseum. His fellowships include Berliner Künstlerprogramm – DAAD, Berlin, John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, NYC, Fellowship, St. John’s College, Oxford University, National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. USA, to name a few.

He lives with the filmmaker, Ute Aurand in Berlin and Massachusetts and continues to make films on 16mm. In 2017, the Austrian Filmmuseum published a collection of essays on his filmmaking.