CalArts Oral History Interviews:Malkiewicz, Kris

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Kris (Krzysztof) Malkiewicz

Faculty, School of Film/Video; 1970 - 2007

Kris J. Malkiewicz received his film training at the State Academy of Film and Television in his native Poland, where he obtained the Master of Art degree from the Department of Cinematography. His previous studies resulted in a B.A. in Social Anthropology  and an M.A. degree in Art History from the Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

In 1965 Malkiewicz joined the Irish Television in Dublin. There, he directed seven documentary series in the program "Discovery" dealing with various places in Ireland and their problems. In 1967-8 Malkiewicz taught film at the Film Division of The Polytechnic in London, England.  In the summer of 1968 he was invited to join the California Institute of the Arts at its formative stage. He helped to formulate the School of Film both in its curricular and technical aspects. From the beginning of Cal-Arts Kris Malkiewicz was teaching Cinematography in its various aspects. Seeing a need for a relevant textbook he wrote "Cinematography" which was first published in 1973.  Later on this book was followed by "Film Lighting" published in 1986. "Cinematography", currently in its 3rd edition, became a "classic" text book used in film schools around the world. In his own film work Malkiewicz developed an interest in a personal documentary genre as evidenced by his 1976 film "Deja Vu" and the 1995 video "Krakow Journal: Obsessive Memories". His next documentary "Interrogation" was completed in 2004.

Kris Malkiewicz began teaching at CalArts in 1970 when it opened and retired in 2007. 

Interviewer: Paul Cronin

Interview dates & Length:

March 26, 2015: 3 parts

Part 1: 1 hr. 33 min.

Part 2: 50 min.

Part 3: 18 min.

Formats Available:

Audio MP3

Video MP4


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