Philip Glass
One of the most innovative and creative artists of the 20th century, Philip has received three Academy Award nominations for his film scores and has performed at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in 2008 for our annual benefit concert, and twice in 2011, including a performance of his score for the 1931 Bela Lugosi film “Dracula” as part of his 2011 Days and Nights Festival.

Laurie Anderson
Experimental artist, composer, and musician, Laurie is also a dear friend of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, having played our annual benefit concert in 2005. Laurie is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows.


Kirsten Dunst
American film actress recently nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress and New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically-acclaimed film “Melancholia”.


Mark and Michael Polish
The Polish Brothers are two of the most creative and resourceful filmmakers in independent cinema today. Their latest effort is “For Lovers Only,” a “no-budget,” black-and-white indie romance made using their own camera and equipment and no lighting lights or extraneous crew.


Susan Littenberg
A prolific American film editor who has worked with Stephen Soderbergh, Jim Jarmush, Hal Hartley, and Ang Lee, Littenberg was nominated for Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical for “Easy A” at the 2010 American Cinema Editors Awards.


Lawrence Inglee
Lawrence is an American film producer who serves as the President of Lightstream Pictures. Inglee has worked as a producer on a number of films, including “The Messenger” by director Oren Moverman and “The Day After Tomorrow” by director Roland Emmerich.


Susan Zsigmond
Susan has been involved in writing and directing in Los Angeles since 1989.  With a background in journalism and alternative book publishing in the Bay Area, Ms. Roether began working with independent directors at Farley Film Group and Pacific Ocean Pictures, writing and helping to produce low-budget films and documentaries in San Francisco in the early eighties.  Her first-hand reportage on the making of the film Witches of Eastwick was featured in American Film magazine.

David Price
David was born into the unorthodox and particularly creative environment of Big Sur in the 1960s. Much of his childhood was at Esalen, he is the son of Founder Dick Price, and he would later study, work, and manage Esalen. He was dubbed “the first child of the 1960s” by San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner writer Don Lattin in his book “Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today. David Price is now an American film and television actor and musician who lives and works in Poland.

Dean Semler
Dean Semler was born in 1943 in Renmark, South Australia, Australia as Dean William Semler. He is known for his work on Apocalypto (2006), Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Road Warrior (1981). He is married to Annie Semler.