1971-1980DocumentaryExperimentalRobert E. FultonUSA

Robert E. Fulton – Inca Light (1972)


Interpretive documentary in Peru featuring Machu Pichu.

“Book-ended by the most awe-inspiring shots of the sky that I’ve literally ever seen, Fulton’s Inca Light might also serve as one of the most impressive ethnographic documents available.”
– M Kitchell (letterboxd)

Robert Fulton (1939–2002) was a pilot, a gifted aerial cinematographer, a devout Buddhist, a close friend and collaborator of filmmaker Robert Gardner, and an inspired independent filmmaker. His exhilarating, densely edited, poetically sensitive films were admired by Canyon stalwarts Bruce Baillie and Stan Brakhage, and he was an inspiration for students including filmmaker and former Canyon Cinema Executive Director Dominic Angerame. An artist who traveled the world accompanied by his Bolex camera, he eschewed narrative as he gathered images with a spirit of wonder and generosity, translating the people and places he encountered into scenes of breathtaking beauty and elation, and editing with a dazzling rhythm whose cadences evoke a deep passion for and knowledge of music. Fulton left behind a substantial body of work that resonates with Warren Sonbert’s exuberant and visually resplendent montage.

US filmmaker, aviator and musician, Robert E. Fulton (1939-2002) died in a crash involving his own plane in Pennsylvania. He was an artist of unwonted complexity and depth. He worked as an aerial cameraman and director of photography on various documentaries, including those of his friend Robert Gardner. His enigmatic, labyrinthine films are full of a defiant poetics that gives rise to a metaphysical prose. Fulton was an acrobat and an agitator, mixing images and ideas to create unusual superpositions that convey a highly personal sense of lyricism. His cinema is that of the adventurer, revealing to us the dazzling landscape of a new world.

Bob’s use of superimposed imagery takes us, the viewers, into a new world of sight. Dazzling, breathtaking, and exhilarating all at the same time. His use of aerial cinematography is breath taking. We become captivated by the landscape where he flies his aircraft so low we can almost touch the Andes or the gorges of the great Southwestern United States.

The fact that Robert Fulton films have not been released to the general public in a dvd version is as tragic as his loss of life. Bob’s spirit lives on in his films and I feel that the world deserves to be uplifted and illuminated by his imagery.


Language(s):English, Spanish (but very little speech in general)

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