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David Gatten

Born: Feb 11, 1971

Birthplace: Ann Arbor

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

David Gatten

Date of Birth : Feb 11, 1971
Birth Place : Ann Arbor

David Edward Gatten is an American experimental filmmaker and moving image artist. Since 1996 Gatten's films have explored the intersection of the printed word and moving image, cataloging the variety of ways in which texts functions in cinema as both language and image, often blurring the boundary between these categories. His 16mm films often employee cameraless techniques, combined with close-up cinematography and optical printing processes. In addition to the ongoing 16mm films, Gatten is now making hybrid 16mm/digital works and has completed an entirely digital feature-length project called The Extravagant Shadows. Among other projects, he is currently working on a series of films entitled Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts, a project which Artforum magazine called "one of the most erudite and ambitious undertakings in recent cinema." He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 to continue work on this series of films exploring the library of William Byrd II of Westover and the lives of William Byrd and his daughter Evelyn Byrd.


  • Film Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Film director
  • Film Editor

Also known as

  • David Edward Gatten


  • Robert Gatten
  • Florence Gatten


  • Erin Espelie

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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