Documentarian Arthur Swerdloff dies

Filmmaker wrote, directed over 120 films

Documentary filmmaker Arthur Swerdloff died of a stroke Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Swerdloff wrote, directed and produced more than 120 documentary and educational films.

His 1951 docu “The Earth Sings” won awards at the Venice and Edinburgh Film Festivals. His other award-winning films include “Out of Darkness,” which won the Robert Flaherty Award in 1955, “Heart Behind the Whip,” which won the 1959 Writers Guild Show Selection award and “Conquest,” which received the documentary Emmy in 1959. He also received five Cine Golden Eagle Awards for his work on “To Sleep…Perchance to Dream,” “The Big Dig” and several others.

He founded SRS Productions and Arthur L. Swerdloff Productions, and worked CBS Reports, NBC White Paper, Dave Wolper Productions, AIP, UA, NASA, USIA and Walt Disney Productions.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated Johns Hopkins U. and received a Masters in Cinema from the U. of Southern California. He served in the Army during WWII.

He is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.

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