Over the last 23 years, David Gatten has explored the borders of film as a medium. His 16mm films often employ cameraless techniques, combined with texts-as-images, micro-cinematography, and handmade optical & contact printing devices. His body of work illuminates an array of historical, conceptual, and material concerns, using traditional research methods (reading old books) and non-traditional film processes (boiling old books). These films trace contours of private lives and public histories, combining philosophy and poetry with materialist experimentation. Gatten lives and makes movies in the historic mining community of Salina, Colorado. He is a professor in the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.