Peter Hutton, American film director, Died at 71


Peter Barrington Hutton was born on August 24, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, and died on June 25, 2016.

He was an American experimental filmmaker.

He was best known primarily for his silent cinematic portraits of cities and landscapes around the world.

Hutton also worked as a professional cinematographer.

He was most notably for his former student Ken Burns, as well as cinematography for Lizzie Borden’s “Born in Flames,” Sheila McLaughlin and Lynne Tillman’s “Committed,” assorted films by artist Red Grooms and Albert Maysles’ “The Gates.”

Peter studied painting, sculpture and film at the San Francisco Art Institute.

During 1987, Peter Hutton was awarded best Cinematography for the work he did with Phil Hartman’s feature film “No Picnic” at the Sundance Film Festival.

During 2011, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress selected “Study of a River” as one of 25 films annually chosen.

Peter also taught filmmaking at CalArts, Hampshire College, Harvard University, SUNY Purchase, and Bard College, where he served as the director of the Film and Electronic Arts Program since 1989.

Most of Hutton’s career was influenced by his time in the merchant marine.

His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco and Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

During May 2008 the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a full retrospective of Hutton’s films.

His latest work was Three Landscapes premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013.

He died due cancer.

Peter Barrington Hutton passed away at 71 years old.