John Bishop Short Films

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Choose Life
On June 12th more than one million people marched in New York for a nuclear freeze.
Everyone is Down on Me
Bob Jefferey, a blues player from San Diego, performing at the California Heartland presentation at the 1975 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife.
Hand Play
Nathan Kostoulakos demonstrates minkeys and lurmeys.
At the Edge
Sharon Kinney's dance for the camera performed by Jennifer Lafferty with music by David Karagianis.
Indulgence at La Cueva
While filming Rhesus Play in Puerto Rico, we often took a shortcut through the mangroves to the other side of the island.
Pretty Polly
A music video for Raige Pierson's arrangement and performance of the classic American murder ballad, Pretty Polly.
Red Top Snuff
Ben Pearson's family has been milling on the Parker River in Massachusetts since colonial times and began grinding snuff when the industrial revolution brought textile mills to the Merrimack Valley.…
Yoyo Man
A portrait of one of the Duncan Yoyo Company's original yoyo demonstrators, Nemo Concepcion.
Tango in the Toilet
A site-specific dance performance choreographed by Victoria Marks for a concert in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Gaishay Returns to !ao#’a
An incidental event shot in Namibia for John Marshall while filming his epic, A Kalahari Family.
John Seavers is a versatile and engaging street performer, as well as an outstanding dancer in any genre.
Rainy Night in Burbank
Kuma Hula Kunewa Mook rehearsing with Hula Halau O' Kamuela Elua.
Shopping for an Offering
Cambodian dancers make an offering to their patron deities and teachers before a performance. Shot during production of the video Cambodian Court Dance: The Next Generation, this film follows dancers…

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