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Experimental film maker Paul Clipson has died

The artist who collaborated with Liz Harris, Sarah Davachi, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, and others died suddenly aged 53

San Fransisco based visual artist Paul Clipson died unexpectedly on 3 February. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Clipson was an experimental film maker who worked with artists including Liz Harris aka Grouper, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, Lawrence English, Sarah Davachi, Felicia Atkinson, Rene Hell, and others. He was also a member of the San Francisco post rock group Tarentel in which he worked alongside Ledesma, Danny Grody, Jim Redd, and Tony Cross, making Super 8 films to run alongside each performance. He was recently featured on John Davis's Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music And Expanded Cinema Art, a four DVD collection of underground non-narrative film.

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up by Root Strata's Maxwell August Croy on behalf of Clipson's wife Yelena Soboleva, with funds going directly to Soboleva and daughter Anya Kamenskaya to help with rent, funeral and memorial costs.

“Our dearest friend Paul Clipson passed unexpectedly from this world” reads the campaign page. “Paul is survived and held in loving memory by his family, a large network of friends and colleagues, and many fans of his work. An incredibly bright light and source of truly boundless energy, his generous heart and vivid talents touched the lives of countless people. It is impossible to qualify the depth of this connection.”

Grouper/Paul Clipson “Made Of Air”