Before becoming a filmmaker, Loren Sears earned a BA in Physics from the University of Oregon with graduate study in physics and computer science at Syracuse University and the University of Michigan. He was employed as an instructor, programmer and researcher at the Syracuse University Computing Center; the UM High Energy Physics Research Group; and by IBM (SBC), Palo Alto. He currently lives in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon, near his two grown children, where he practices Buddhism, dancing and community building. He travels frequently to Southwest France. He was born in Seneca, Nebraska on November 17.
In San Francisco, 1965, he began making avant-garde films and video; became a founding member of Canyon Cinema Coop; and manager of Canyon Cinematheque; produced numerous artistic/documentary films and videos of alternative and Native American cultures; was an artist-in-residence and guest director, KQED-TV. Taught filmmaking, San Francisco Art Institute and University of California SF; video at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.
One-man shows in SF; Yale University; Philadelphia College of Art; Huntington Hartford Museum, NY; Secret Cinema, London, UK. In collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, New American Cinema; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Exhibitions Of Note: 2007 Cannes Festival, Short Film Corner; Jury Award, 1967 Yale Film Festival; Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (1967); OPB-TV (2000); Ramme Rokke Festival, Hvitsten, Norway (2007). Contributions to PBS American Experience, "Summer of Love" (2007); feature film "Commune" (2006) J Berman; "Breaking The Rules," (2004) Neuzeitfilm, Germany.