Gideon Bachmann, filmmaker, journalist, and radio commentator was born in 1927 near Stuttgart, Germany and emigrated with his family in 1936 to what was then Palestine. He lived briefly in Prague before immigrating to the US in 1948. In New York in 1952 he enrolled in a class taught by Hans Richter at the City College of New York.
Bachmann’s tenacity at producing a weekly radio programme called “The Film Art” was rewarded by wide syndication on public radio in the US and he was subsequently to enjoy a long career as president of the American Federation of Film Societies, founding editor and publisher of 'Cinemages' magazine, and host at major international film festivals.
Bachmann eventually settled in Rome where he played small roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Juliet of the Spirits and, in 1971, while Fellini was making Satyricon, he directed a widely acclaimed television documentary portrait of the director at work, Ciao Federico.
But while it did not attract as much attention as Ciao Federico, Bachmann had actually made his first documentary for television four years earlier. In 1967. ZDF, the German public television group, had commissioned him to reveal the inside story of the scandalous “New York underground.” In doing so, he reconnected with some of his former classmates from City College.
Bachmann has throughout the years continued his writing on cinema and currently lives in Germany.
A documentary on the 1960s New York underground film scene. Includes 2 bonus shorts.