The Desert People

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Repro: Michael Loebenstein/Claudia Slanar

David Lamelas

The Desert People, 1974

Film, 16mm, color, sound, 50 min Script and director: David Lamelas Photography: Neil Reichline Assistant Camera: Johnny Scharaf Editing: Noel Cronin Sound: Vince Dyer Production: David Lamelas Co-producer: Jack Wendler Production Assistant: Howard E. Lester


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“My first visit to the United States was to Los Angeles, where I immediately experienced the shock of American culture. At that time I had this love/hate relationship with American culture. I arrived in L.A. not knowing a soul and wanting to do a film, so I spent the days discussing my film project with a lot of people and the nights watching movies on TV. I studied American film making through television. It was like going to art school again. The Desert PeopIe is like a study of American movie making. Actually the process of making it was as interesting as the movie itself, because I acted like a movie director and thus became a movie director, much in the same way as Rock Star (Character Appropriation).” (David Lamelas)