#2-3: Courtesy of Peter Stein

 

   


PETER STEIN   ASC

 

Born: 12 October 1943, New York City, N.Y., as Peter Michael Stein, son of still ph Fred Stein [1909 (Germany)-1967 (USA); went to the USA in 1941].

Career: Taught at the State University of New York, Purchase, and the School of Visual Arts, New York City. Started teaching [now Head of Production, Tisch Graduate Film Program] at the Tisch School of the Arts [Kanbar Institute of Film & Television], New York University, in 2002. Gives lighting/cinematography workshops [2009-present].

Member of the ASC since 1999.

Married to film editor/script superv Dawn Freer.

Awards: 'Emmy' Award nom [1982] for 'Robbers, Rooftops and Witches'; 'Emmy' Award nom [1986] for 'Don't Touch'.

Website: Peter Stein


Peter Stein: "My career required me to be away from home for three or four months at a time for a film," he says, "but now I want to be around as my children grow up. So I've cut back, and I'm trying to work closer to home on documentaries and commercials."

His new schedule has also given him the perfect opportunity to do something he's wanted to do for a long time: bring his father's photography to a wider audience. "I've always known that his work was as good as that of many others who were very well-known, and now I want to try to bring him some of the recognition and notice he never received."

Peter first made an effort to do that some 18 years ago when he put together portfolios of his father's photographs and hired a representative to show the work. But at that time Peter's career was just taking off, and he couldn't follow up on the notice his father's work was getting. "We got good responses from museum directors who wanted the collection, and there were many letters of support, but I couldn't pursue it."

Now he can. "The portfolio had been prepared," Peter Stein says, "and I had a catalog printed and made some limited-edition prints available for sale." The catalog text and biographical information about Fred Stein was written by Dawn Freer, Peter's wife.

Today photographs by Fred Stein are in the collections of the National Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as other museums and private and corporate collections around the world. Ultimately, Peter Stein hopes that a book of his father's images will be published.

"My father was a free spirit about the business," Peter says. "He shot what he wanted to shoot and thought about sales later. His joy was meeting people, taking pictures and talking politics. It was an age when you could do that, but even so, he wasn't financially successful. My mother supported the family."


 

 FILMS

1974

Saturday Night at the Baths [David Buckley] c; co-2uc; ph: Ralf D. Bode; + small part

1977

Here Come the Tigers [Sean S. Cunningham] c; 2uc; ph: Barry Abrams

1978

Just Crazy About Horses [Tim Lovejoy, Joe Wemple & Victor Kanefsky] c; doc/105m; addph: Ted Churchill

1979

Friday the 13th [Sean S. Cunningham] c; 2uc; ph: Barry Abrams

1980

Friday the 13th, Part 2 [Steve Miner] c

1982

Beach House/Down the Shore [John A. Gallagher] c

1982

Reuben, Reuben [Robert Ellis Miller] c

1983

Wildrose [John Hanson] c

1984

C.H.U.D. [Douglas Cheek] p/c

1984

A Billion for Boris/Billions for Boris [Alex Grasshoff] c

1985

A Great Wall/The Great Wall Is a Great Wall/Beijing Story [Peter Wang] c; cph: Robert Primes; 2uc: Xie Huaji

1986

Brenda Starr [Robert Ellis Miller] c; cph: Freddie Francis

1986

The Wild Pair/The Devil's Odds/Hollow Point [Beau Bridges] c

1987

After the Rain/The Passage [Harry Thompson] c

1988

Ernest Saves Christmas [John Cherry] c; 2uc: Michael D. Lonzo

1988

Pet Sematary [Mary Lambert] c; spec vfx ph: John Huneck

1989

Ernest Goes to Jail [John Cherry] c

1990

[Stephen King's] Graveyard Shift [Ralph S. Singleton] c; 2uc: Tony Cutrono

1990

Missing Pieces [Leonard Stern] c

1991

Necessary Roughness [Stan Dragoti] c; 2uc: Michael O'Shea; aph: Ron Goodman

1992

Mr. Nanny [Michael Gottlieb] c

1994

The Politics of Cancer [: A Study in Chaos] [Andrzej Krakowski] v-to-35mm/c; doc/99m; + co-ed/co-prod

1997

Landfall [Dan Hamilton] c

2000

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story [Bill Kavanagh & Sylke Fröchtenigt] BetaSP/c; doc/53m; in 2003 still looking for money to finish the film; finished and released in 2007

2001

Farewell to My Country [Andrzej Krakowski] b&w-c; dram doc/100m; cph: Bahman Soltani; addph: Ivo Hanak & A. Krakowski

2002

Varian and Putzi: A 20th Century Tale [Richard Kaplan] b&w-c; doc/80m; released in 2011

2003

Tupperware!/Tupperware: Earl and Brownie's Plastic Empire [Laurie Kahn-Leavitt] DigiBeta/b&w-c; doc/52m (tv-version) & 62m; also shown as ep of PBS-tv series 'American Experience'

2004

Chopin's Afterlife [Ophra Yerushalmi] c; mus doc/54m; cph: Eric Breitbart & Raphael O'Byrne

 

 TELEVISION

1975

About Charles Ives [T.W. Timreck] mus doc/90m; cph: Joe Cannon, Peter Schaefer & Burleigh Wartes; for PBS-tv

1977

[Charles Ives:] A Good Dissonance Like a Man [T.W. Timreck] docudrama/b&w/60m; for PBS-tv

1979

Franz Boas 1858-1942 [T.W. Timreck] doc/b&w-c/59m; cph: Joe Vitagliana; ep PBS-tv series 'Odyssey'

1980

The Last Voyage of the Morro Castle/The Mystery of the Morro Castle [Fred Barzyk] doc + re-enactments/b&w-c/48m; + co-dir; ep HBO-tv series 'Flashback'

1981

Starstruck [Claude Kerven] tvm/52m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1981

The Color of Friendship [Stan Lathan] tvm/46m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1981

Robbers, Rooftops and Witches [Mark Cullingham] tvm/45m/16mm; includes 3 shorts: 'The Chaparral Prince', 'Antaeus' & 'The Invisible Boy'; a CBS-tv 'Library Special'

1981

Private Contentment [Vivian Matalon] tvm; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1981

The Great Plague of 1918 [Fred Barzyk] doc/b&w-c/44m; ep HBO-tv series 'Flashback' (1982); + co-dir

1981

Laughs [Cord Keller] doc special/?m; for HBO-tv (1982); see 1982

1982

The Haunted Mansion Mystery [Larry Elikann] 2-part tvm/50m; an ABC-tv 'Weekend Special'

1982

Going for Laughs [Cord Keller] doc special/?m; sequel to 'Laughs' (see 1981); for HBO-tv (1983)

1983

Oh, Boy! Babies! [Gail Frank] tvm/60m; ep NBC-tv series 'Special Treat'

1984

Mom's on Strike [Joan Darling] tvm/46m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1985

Izzy & Moe [Jackie Cooper] tvm

1985

Don't Touch [Beau Bridges] tvm/46m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1985

Under Siege [Roger Young] tvm

1986

Thomas Eakins: A Motion Portrait [T.W. Timreck] doc + dram seq/58m; ep 1st season of PBS-tv series 'American Masters'

1986

Parent Trap II [Ronald Maxwell] tvm

1986

The Last Fling [Corey Allen] tvm

1986

How to Raise a Street Smart Child [John Peaslee & Judd Pillot] special/43m; for HBO-tv (1987)

1987

The Mystery of the Lost Red Paint People [- The Discovery of a Prehistoric North American Sea Culture] [T.W. Timreck] doc/b&w-c/59m; cph: Thomas Cadieux, a.o.; ep ('Secrets of the Lost Red Paint People') PBS-tv series 'NOVA'

1987

Elvis and Me [Larry Peerce] 2-part tvm; addph: Gideon Porath

1988

The Call [Elayne Boosler] tvm/30m; for Cinemax-tv (1989)

1989

[HBO's] Tales from the Crypt [ep #6 'Collection Completed' dir by Mary Lambert] 93-part series, 1989-96; 1st season, 1989

1990

Sunset Beat [ep 'Hollywood Blvd.' dir by David Hemmings] series (canceled after 2 ep)

1990

Night Visions/Chameleon Blue/The Nightmare Cafe [Wes Craven] pilot; for NBC-tv

1992

Desperate Choices: To Save My Child/Solomon's Choice/The Final Choice [Andy Tennant] tvm

1995

A Midwife's Tale [Richard P. Rogers] docudrama/89m/16mm; cph: Steven Poster; addph: Tony Cucchiari & Robert Zimmerman; ep PBS-tv series 'American Experience'

1996

Harambee! [A Kwanzaa Holiday Special] [Fracaswell Hyman] tvm/60m

1997

The Con [Steven Schachter] tvm

1998

Cold Feet [David Seltzer] pilot; for NBC-tv

2001

Thrill Rides Las Vegas Style [Steve Gerbson] doc/60m; cph: Wally Hawkins & Sam Prigg; for the Travel Channel

2008

At Home in Utopia [Michal Goldman & Ellen Brodsky] doc/b&w-c/57m/16mm; addph; ph: Boyd Estus; ep PBS-tv series 'Independent Lens'; started filming in 2004

2011

Moments in Time/Fred Stein [Peter Stein] doc/?m; + prod; in production for PBS-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1976

Between the Lines [Joan Micklin Silver] c.op; ph: Kenneth Van Sickle

2011

Moments in Time/Fred Stein [dir; + prod/ph] see Television