The Channing Peake Documentary Project
A major documentary examining the life and work of Channing Peake is presently in development. Tentatively titled Channing Peake: Discovering an American Master, the one-hour documentary is intended to heighten both public and critical awareness of the artist’s accomplishments and to foster discussion of his place in the history of American art.
The effort is being spearheaded by Paul Bockhorst, an award-winning writer, producer, and director of documentary films. He was curator of the exhibit A Time and A Place: The Artistic Encounter Between Channing Peake and Elaine Badgley Arnoux, 1956-1962, which took place at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in 2012. Mr. Bockhorst also produced a video of the same title, which is available on this website.
Funds for the production of Channing Peake: Discovering an American Master are currently being sought. Donations are tax-deductible and go to the non-profit fiscal partner, the Santa Barbara Cultural Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational corporation.
ABOUT PAUL BOCKHORST / The Production Company
Paul Bockhorst is a writer, producer, and director of documentary films. He has an extensive background in film and television production, as well as journalism. Most of his work has been created for broadcast on PBS stations, but he has also produced programs that have aired on ABC, Turner Broadcasting, and the Disney Channel. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including several Emmy Awards. He holds an M.F.A. degree from Columbia University in New York.
In recent years, Paul Bockhorst has focused on subjects pertaining to the arts and the natural environment. He works regularly with museum curators and academics and is actively engaged in the interpretation of specialized subject matter. In his projects he strives to make the arts accessible and meaningful to the general public. He works regularly with artists, architects, art historians, museum personnel, and a variety of cultural organizations on programs that interpret the arts, often in a historical context.
Paul Bockhorst has produced numerous documentaries on subjects related to art and architecture. His latest production is Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck (2012). Other productions include Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California (2010); Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California; (2008); Greene & Greene: The Art of Architecture (2003); Impressions of California: Early Currents in Art, 1850-1930; and Visions of California: The Story of California Scene Painting, 1925-1950. A mini-documentary produced by Paul Bockhorst productions, entitled An American Masterpiece: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley, can be seen on YouTube.
Documentaries produced by Paul Bockhorst Productions are used widely as interpretive and educational resources in museums, colleges, universities, preservation organizations, historical societies, and other cultural institutions. They have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Huntington Library and Art Collections, San Marino; the Berkeley Art Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the San Diego Museum of History, among others.
Additional information about Paul Bockhorst Productions is available at www.bockhorstproductions.com, http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2014/honorary-membership/p-bockhorst/.