independent filmmaker who has made more than 28 films, John Terry has taught at
RISD, Yale, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MIT, where he was
instrumental in founding the film/video program. For more than two decades he has mentored RISD’s FAV students and taught such
classes as Intermediate Film Production, Autobiographical Film and Video and
Sound for Film and Video. In 1999 and 2004 Terry was a visiting artist at the
American Academy in Rome, where he first served as a lecturer in 1975. He
served as RISD’s acting associate provost in the late 1990s, was Film/Animation/Video department head from 1995–2001 and dean of fine arts from 2002–09.
Early in his career, Terry
produced and filmed major portions of An
American Family, a 12-part public television series on the Loud family of
California. This series was a forerunner of reality TV and the first instance
of a documentary coming out on television.
Terry was the cinematographer for Les
Lolos de Lola, a French feature comedy produced by Francois Truffaut and
starring Jean Pierre Leaud. For many years, he worked with John Marshall on a
series of films on the !Kung bushmen of Namibia. Other credits include numerous
films on art and architecture, such as Palladio
the Architect and His Influence in America and Frank Stella at the Fogg, both distributed by the Museum of Modern
Art in NYC. Terry was director of photography for Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions, an award-winning
documentary. Most recently he released two films featuring street photography
of public space in Rome.