Bill Sherwood

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Bill Sherwood only made one full-length independent feature, yet "Parting Glances" (1986) stands as the first film to deal with the effects of the AIDS crisis on the gay community and one that treated the subject of ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1951 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Director (1)

Parting Glances 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Parting Glances 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (1)

Parting Glances 1986 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

Parting Glances 1986 (Movie)

(Music Editor)

Biography

Bill Sherwood only made one full-length independent feature, yet "Parting Glances" (1986) stands as the first film to deal with the effects of the AIDS crisis on the gay community and one that treated the subject of homosexuality matter-of-factly, not as tragedy or for comic relief. The basic theme of the film is friendship and its related joys and pains.

Relationships

Les Sherwood

Father
survived him

Agnes Sherwood

Mother
survived him died of complications from stroke in 1995

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York, New York 1970 - 1972
entered at age 18 on scholarship; studied under Elliot Carter

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen, Michigan

Hunter College

New York, New York 1973 - 1978
began as English major but switched to film; made two shorts

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California 1978
dropped out

Milestones

1986

Feature directing debut, "Parting Glances"; also wrote and edited

1983

Wrote the screenplay for "Parting Glances" over a two month period (December to January)

1978

Handled foreign rights to American TV shows while working at Italtoons, a distribution company

1972

Left Juilliard because he was "fed up with the limitations of avant-garde music" (date approximate)

1962

Started studying the violin at age 10

1957

At age 5, began studying piano

Made short film, "Variations on a Sentence by Proust"; aired on PBS in 1982

Was writing the script for a remake of "Ball of Fire" at the time of his death; film never made

Directed two music videos for the Swedish punk band Ebba Gron

Worked as a cutter on motion picture trailers

Assisted Jill Godmilow on an unfinished documentary about Elliott Carter

Taught directing at SUNY, Purchase

Hired by Columbia Pictures, primarily as a screenwriter

Raised in Battle Creek, Michigan

Worked in the finance department of CBS News; first met Kathy Kinney

Wrote two unproduced screenplays

Bonus Trivia

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Sherwood continued to DRAMA-LOGUE: "Because I think gays are absolutely fantastic. I think that as a group they're absolutely extraordinary and in so many ways this isn't really recognized. I think many straights think of gays as Martians or something like that. Gays are very much a part of the world and contribute all kinds of wonderful, positive things, but as I said, gays are virtually unnoticed. Gays also seem to have more compassion and feeling for the human condition . . . They seem to have a real feel for the emotional needs of human beings and this needs to be told."

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