Known for his artistic vision and equally well known for his deep understanding and love of music, Alan follows his passion for visual arts. He began developing his skill as a photographer in 1973, which by 1979 had led him to the world of cinematography. His passion for music can be traced back to 1968 when he began studying guitar in Spain with the legendary gypsy flamenco guitar virtuoso Diego del Gastor. Alan’s broad ranging interests and talents have landed him on the path of discovery as he follows a diverse road of artistic endeavors and creative adventures.
Alan showcased his talent as Director Of Photography in the visually stunning film “For Us The Living: The Medgar Evers Story” (1983, Directed by Michael Schultz, starring Howard E. Rollins Jr., Irene Cara, Laurence Fishburne, Roscoe Lee Browne) and the majestic award winning film “Travellers and Magicians” (2003, Directed by Khyentse Norbu). The latter opened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals to critical acclaim and won the Best Of Festival award at the 2004 Telluride Mountain Film Festival.
Alan has produced and directed many music documentaries featuring such diverse artists as Ravi Shankar, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, and Lionel Richie. In 1986, Alan directed, shot and edited the HBO special documenting Lionel Richie’s “Dancing On The Ceiling”. In 1994 Alan was Director of Photography, co-produced and edited an intimate portrayal of life on the road in the Disney documentary “Jackson Browne: Going Home” which won the cable ACE Award for “Best Music Special of the Year”. Also in 1994, Alan was Director of Photography, co-produced and edited the critically acclaimed live performance video for Kenny Loggins “Live from the Redwoods” for PBS.
As a life-long seeker of knowledge, Alan began studying music with Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1978. He has performed with Ravi worldwide at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and London’s Royal Opera House. Since 1978, Alan has actively documented the major milestones of Ravi’s life and has managed his visual archives. To commemorate Ravi’s 75th birthday, Alan co-produced with George Harrison “In Celebration,” a four-CD collectors edition of Ravi Shankar’s works. In 1993 Alan directed “Ravi Shankar: The Concert For World Peace” performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, released world-wide by A&E.
For Ravi’s 80th birthday, Alan produced and edited “Sangeet Ratna”, a documentary of the life and work of Pandit Ravi Shankar featuring interviews with Phillip Glass, Zakir Hussain, George Harrison and extensive concert footage spanning several decades and an updated visual piece was included to commemorate and honor Ravi on his 90th birthday in April 2010.
Alan has been at the forefront of innovation in film making for which he has received extensive recognition. In 1981 Alan developed a new technology where he filmed and directed a 360-degree, 70mm film for Envirovision Theaters. In 1993 he innovated, filmed and edited a simultaneous 10-screen feature presentation of Chinese culture for “Hawpaw Village”, a major theme park in Singapore.
In 1984 Alan co-founded Pacific Ocean Post, a leading film and television post-production studio in Santa Monica, California employing more than 300 special effects, animation, sound, and editorial professionals, and breaking new ground in the integration of digital technology and visual expression. Under Alan’s leadership, Pacific Ocean Post helped bring home the Visual Effects Oscars for Independence Day (1997), Titanic (1998) and What Dreams May Come (1999). POP was acquired by Liberty Media in 1999 facilitating Alan’s return to his artistic pursuits including cinematography, photography, and music.
In 2001 Alan directed, filmed and edited the breathtaking “Return to Dzongsar” which documented Khyentse Norbu’s (a.k.a. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche) return to his native land and monastery in Eastern Tibet. Alan developed a love for Tibet, Nepal and India beginning in 1983 when he traveled extensively throughout India with Ravi Shankar to produce a multi-media presentation in Delhi honoring Ravi’s late, elder brother Uday Shankar. Throughout his travels he filmed and photographed the people, lands and cultures of these immensely beautiful lands creating a stunning visual archive. He published a book “On The Path-Tibet” in 2002 featuring photography from his many journeys.
In 2002 Alan created On The Path LLC, a performing arts center, gallery, and multimedia production facility in Santa Monica.
Alan recently worked with Jackson Browne on a documentary focusing on master percussionist and composer Luis Conte’s return to his native land of Cuba. And he worked with Jeff Bridges and T-Bone Burnett to capture ancillary material for Jeff’s 2009 movie “Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall with music by T-Bone Burnett.
Through his continual travel, deep exploration, extensive relationships, vivid imagination and unending curiosity Alan Kozlowski remains to this day…On The Path of discovery.