Howard Guttenplan 1934-2015

photo: Bruce Meisler

photo: Bruce Meisler

(March 4, 2015) It is with profound sadness that Millennium announces the passing of former Executive Director Howard Guttenplan.  He died peacefully in his sleep on February 23, in his own surroundings, while receiving compassionate care from hospice workers and friends.  He was a Navy veteran, and in accordance with his wishes was buried at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.

Howard led Millennium Film Workshop from 1971 to 2011 -forty years, a biblical generation.  A brilliant administrator, visionary programmer, and pragmatic supporter of aspiring filmmakers, he worked tirelessly and with passion to make Millennium’s founding idea real:  “To offer the non-commercial film artist -of whatever experience, or proven degree of proficiency, and without interference in either film-subject or style -the use without cost, or at minimal cost, of the tools of filmmaking, instruction in filmmaking, and a means of contacting others of like creative interest.”

In the near future Millennium will coordinate a screening series celebrating Howard’s work on behalf of moving image artists.  Further information will be available on this website, our Facebook page, and through our email list (you may join in the sidebar).

Individuals may send reflections on Howard’s work and life to or post them on our Facebook page.  We are posting collected messages on our website here.