Dante W. Harper is an independent filmmaker and co-founder of CLC Films. His first feature, The Delicate Art of the Rifle, was an indie classic, winning numerous international awards and garnering unanimous critical praise. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has worked as an editor, screenwriter and producer, and has been involved with the making of many independent features, including Treasure Island, Manic, Olympia, and Tuna. You’re Gonna Miss Me, a documentary feature co-produced with Adrienne Gruben, recently opened at the SXSW film festival.
After being accepted to the Winter 2005 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab with Dreamland, he went on to the month-long Sundance Summer Director’s Lab and spent the month of June directing scenes and working with many amazing mentors, such as Joan Darling, Gyula Gazdag, Peter Medak, Sally Field, Robert Redford, Ellen Kuras, Susie Elmiger, Michael Hoffman, James Gray, Joan Tewkesbury, and Michael Lehmann, just to name a few. Other writing projects include John Chapman, an epic about the life of Johnny Appleseed, and Temporary, a CLC Films comedy about the future of work.
In addition to projects in film, Harper is currently teaching and working on an MFA at the UCSD School of Visual Arts with artists such as Barbara Kruger and Babette Mangolte, developing gallery-based video work. Recent videos include “Soft-Shoe in the Half-Wild” and “Landlubber.”