Will Hindle (1929-1987)

Saint Flournoy Lobos-Logos and the Eastern Europe Fetus Taxing Japan Brides in West Coast Places Sucking Alabama Air (1970)

Will "William Mayo" Hindle (December 29, 1929 – April 7, 1987) was an independent American filmmaker of personal visual 16mm movies.

From 1958 to 1976, he made ten 16 mm films. He employed complex rear-projection rephotography, slow motion, and subtle tinting techniques in his work. His movies have been widely praised for their astonishing cinematic techniques and deep personal feeling.[1]

He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 29, 1929 and later attended Burbank High School, CA and Stanford University, Palo Alto CA.[2]

He served two tours as a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Force. During the first tour, he worked on the U.S. edition of the Stars & Stripes and was given his own cartoon feature. The second tour, he served as the Editor of the North African edition. In between military tours, Will was employed by Walt Disney Studios and was, at that time, the youngest animator to have ever worked for the company.[3]

Beginning in the late 1950s with Non-Catholicam and Pastorale d'Ete, he began crafting his uniquely beautiful cinematic motion pictures. He financed his personal work by making 150 short movies for CBS / Westinghouse which were all aired nationally on their PM West/PM East show.[4] His major accomplishments include Chinese Firedrill, Watersmith, 29: 'Merci, Merci', and Saint Flournoy Lobos-Logos and the Eastern Europe Fetus Taxing Japan Brides in West Coast Places Sucking Alabama Air.

Over a number of years, Will taught many workshops, gave lectures and was invited as a guest to seminars and conferences all over the United States and also abroad. After turning down numerous teaching position offers, he was then courted by the new University of South Florida in 1972. Their stated view of motion picture film as an art form and affirmations of the single author approach appealed to Will. He joined the faculty, teaching in Tampa until 1985.

During his lifetime, Will Hindle taught hundreds of students about the basics of film making, art, and about life, producing a number of strong prot'eg'ees, including college professors, film artists/moving media artists, documentarians, script writers and fiction writers, along with artists in many other mediums.[5]

His films won many prizes at festivals such as Ann Arbor, Kenyon and Kent State Festivals, San Francisco Int'l Film Festival, Barn Gallery in Maine, Foothill College Film Festival, and the American Film Festival in New York. He also received invitational tributes internationally from the Moscow Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and Canadian National Film Festival in Montreal. And for a time, 3 of his films were distributed by Time-Life.[6]