Filmography & Bio—Robert Lundahl
Born in Pasadena, California, Robert Lundahl received his B.F.A. from the University of Oregon, and studied at the University of Southern California (Cinema Studies). As a student, Lundahl produced a short documentary titled “The Burden of Proof,” on the use of Agent Orange in National Forests. The film was screened for a U.S. Senate subcommittee on the environment in 1979.
Lundahl developed his skills as a location cinematographer during three years shooting nationally syndicated sports and entertainment programs for John Fabian Productions. He also produced more than 100 public relations, consumer marketing and training programs and campaigns, and created several high-end films for the investor community. In 1989, he formed Robert Lundahl and Associates LLC, a San Francisco company creating innovative communications products and strategies.
Beginning in 1997, Lundahl moved to series production with” Digital Journey,” an award-winning series of 39 short (3:30) programs exploring the human side of technology – its cultural, environmental, and social contexts. The series was filmed around the globe for broadcast on U.S. public television and Canada’s TVO. Lundahl also directed and photographed key episodes including an Emmy Award-winning trilogy on E-Commerce in China.
Lundahl also develops independent programming for television. Filmed in Washington State from 1993 to 1999, “Unconquering the Last Frontier,” explores the causes and effects of the ongoing salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the Elwha River. The film was released in 2001/2 and has been honored by film festivals around the world. The film tells the story of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s struggle to survive in the shadow of
Lundahl’s documentary, “Song on the Water” (2005), takes viewers along with 50 indigenous canoes, their crews, and communities on a modern-day voyage to a traditional potlatch. Filled with beautiful photography and inspiring Coast Salish songs and cultural expressions, the one-hour film explores what the voyage means to the “pullers,” ground crews, and elders who share the waves, the traditions, and a vision of a positive future for Coast Salish youth. The film has been aired on public television stations across the U.S.
Beginning in 2007, Lundahl’s fine art photography, including “On the Road to Little America,” “Over The Elwha,” and other series exploring the American West, have been exhibited in venues such as Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, CA, BC Space in Laguna Beach, CA, and The Seed Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco.
Lundahl’s work has earned numerous awards, including the Emmy, the International Television Association’s “Golden Vision” Award, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival’s “Silver Screen,” I.A.A.V.C.’s “Cindy,” and the “Telly” Award. His productions have been screened at festivals including the EarthVision International Environmental Video Festival (First Place), the Columbus International Film & Video Festival (Honorable Mention), the International Wildlife Film Festival (Finalist), the American Anthropological Association Film & Video Festival, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, REAL2REEL Documentary Film Festival, El Festival del Riu (Spain), Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, Moab Film Festival, Anchorage Film Festival, The Northwest Folklife Documentary Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of the Americas.
In 2010, Lundahl completed "PayDirt" for the Fraud Discovery Institute about homebuilding on brownfields sites and converted military bases, including work at the former El Toro Marine Air Station and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Also in 2010, his work with the Aguirre for Governor Campaign set new standards for campaign videos, including rapid response and ambush videos that changed the race in California.
His film on the international energy industry and the rush to build large solar concentrators in the California deserts, "Who Are My People?", has recently been released