David Schickele, a documentary filmmaker, film editor and composer best known for his 1971 feature-length film “Bushman,” died Oct. 31 in San Francisco of cancer. He was 62.
“Bushman,” which depicted the tribal and racial frictions of an African student in America, was honored as the best first feature at the Chicago Intl. Film Festival.
Schickele also shot a documentary “Give Me a Riddle” (1964), the first major film about the Peace Corps experience.
As a child, he studied the violin and the viola and conducted the Fargo-Moorhead Community Orchestra at the age of 15. After graduating from Swarthmore College, he was awarded a chamber music scholarship by the Academia Chigiana in Sienna, Italy. Schickele worked as a freelance violist in New York City from 1958 to 1961 and played at Radio City Music Hall. He also toured with the Robert Shaw Chorale.
He turned to filmmaking and editing in the early 1960s. His film editor credits include “The Crazy-Quilt” (1966), “Funnyman” (1967), “Over-Under, Sideways-Down” (1977) and “Chalk” (1996).
Schickele additionally co-wrote a script with Rob Nilsson, “The Peeled Man,” which was written on a Guggenheim Fellowship and was one of the first projects selected for development at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute.
He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, a brother and four grandchildren.