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Writers Institute Director Donald Faulkner in PBS Documentary on 1920s Paris

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 09, 2010) -- New York State Writers Institute Director Donald W. Faulkner is a featured commentator in the documentary "Paris: The Luminous Years," set to air on PBS stations on Dec. 15.

The documentary, by Perry Miller Adato, explores the period 1905 through the 1920s when groups of expatriate artists in Paris exerted a profound influence on literature, art, filmmaking, music, dance, and theater. Faulkner is the principal commentator on the American writers in Paris during that period.

An authority on Lost Generation and Beat Generation writers, Faulkner appeared as a featured commentator in the A&E Biography/Crisman Films documentary, "The Lost Generation."

Donald Faulkner

New York State Writers Institute Director Donald W. Faulkner. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Faulkner has published two collections of poems, and has edited, as literary secretary, four books of writings by eminent literary critic Malcolm Cowley, including The Portable Cowley, The Penguin 20th Century Classics edition of Exile's Return, and Malcolm Cowley on New England Writers and Writing. He is a former director of the University at Albany's Center for Arts and Humanities, and an associate professor of English.

In addition to being the interviewer-of-record for more than 1,000 hours of Writers Institute archive recordings of visiting writers, and the host of more than 100 on-stage interviews, Faulkner is the director and executive producer of films made from archive materials. Faulkner is currently at work on a memoir of his Writers Institute experiences.

Documentary filmmaker Perry Miller Adato has been nominated for Emmy awards for her films "Dylan Thomas: The World I Breathe," "Gertrude Stein: When This You See, Remember Me," and "Picasso-A Painter's Diary." She received a Directors Guild of America Award for her film biography "Georgia O'Keeffe."

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