Ross Lipman is an independent filmmaker, archivist, and essayist. His films have screened throughout the world and been collected by museums and institutions including the Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Northeast Historic Film, the Oberhausen Kurzfilm Archive, Budapest's Balazs Bela Studios, and Munich's Sammlung Goetz. His 2015/16 feature NOTFILM was named one of the 10 best films of the year by ARTFORUM, SLATE, and many others.
Formerly Senior Film Restorationist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, his many restorations include Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP, Kent Mackenzie's THE EXILES, Barbara Loden's WANDA, the Academy Award-winning documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, and works by Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Shirley Clarke, Kenneth Anger, Julie Dash, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. He was a 2008 recipient of Anthology Film Archives' Preservation Honors, and is a three-time winner of the National Society of Film Critics' Heritage Award. His writings on film history, technology, and aesthetics have been published in Artforum, Sight and Sound, and numerous academic books and journals.
In addition to his filmmaking and restoration work, Lipman has also been one of the pioneers in the field of live documentary/performance essay. His most recent work in this form, THE EXPLODING DIGITAL INEVITABLE, on Bruce Conner's CROSSROADS, premiered in 2017 at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Through his parallel disciplines lies a fascination with the temporality and transience of human endeavor. His new feature, BETWEEN TWO CINEMAS premiered at the London Film Festival in 2018.