Long time Santa Cruz local videographer and UCSC and KZSC alumnus, Denise Gallant came into the radio studio for the May 4th live broadcast to talk about the 9th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival. There are a lot of happenings around the SC Film Fest such as all the events including parties, the programs, and the films. “It’s not just a festival, it’s an experience.” We had a lot to talk about including her former DJ years at KZSC and her long and illustrious video artwork.
This is the first year for Denise to be on the Santa Cruz Film Festival Board. She has previously presented her movies in the Festival. She has two in this year as well, Last Call for Alcohol with music by Kevin Shine and God’s Radar – Live in Philadelphia with music by one of the oldest singing groups in the US, Dixie Hummingbirds.
Denise started her path studying at UCLA film and quickly moved to the new media at the time video due to it’s cost. She then came up to UCSC (Kresge) to study and began creating electronic music and interactive video/audio synthesizers. She worked with electronic music composer Gordon Momma and built a electronic video audio modulator. The mechanism’s claim to fame was its usage in the Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood movie, Brainstorm.
Denise was one of the first individual female DJ at KZSC back in the early 70s. There was the women’s collective Breakfast in Bed (Betsy McNair talks about this KZSC Collective on the Artists on Art 3/9/10 show). She had an experimental rock show that also included poetry that ran on Friday nights at 10pm. Somewhere in the KZSC station is a video she made of that time. She says that these were some of her best times. This was also where she met her husband. She shared that she interviewed Brian Eno and Robert Fripp on her radio show.
After her stint up in the redwoods, she returned to her hometown of LA to work as an editor at NBC as well as being the first VJ (1980-1983). After which, the trees called her back and she’s been in home in Santa Cruz ever since. Along with continuing her film-making and helping the SC Film Fest, Denise teaches digital video editing at Cabrillo College Digital Media Department.
Access to Denise Gallant’s work can be found on YouTube at Video4dvd.
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