Carolyn Strachan was born in Australia.
At an early age, she was an apprentice on avant garde and documentary
films and in 1972 she formed Reddirtfilms, a production company with Alessandro
Cavadini which produced many films and videos with Aboriginal communities
throughout Australia. These films were recognized at international film
festivals and received European distribution and TV sales. More importantly,
the films are part of the canon of Australian film and are important documents
of Aboriginal culture and history.
Strachan was on the Board of the Sydney Filmmakers Cooperative, a national
distribution company of independent film and founded a film workshop program
for Sydney high school students at the Sydney Filmmakers Cooperative.
Strachan was a member of the editorial board of the Australian national
film newspaper, "Filmnews". She was also a member of the "Feminist
Film Workers" and under these auspices she wrote and designed an
audio/visual presentation for the Sydney Film Festival entitled “Images
of Women in Australian Feature Films”.
In the United States, Strachan has done lecture tours with Reddirtfilms.
She has taught film (Hollywood, European and Australian national cinemas,
Documentary) in New York at Fordham University, School of Visual Arts,
City College and currently teaches film at Hunter College and at the Borough
of Manhattan Community College.
Alessandro Cavadini was born in Italy and educated at
Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano, Italy. He worked in design, theatre and
film. He continued in these fields in Paris and then in Australia.
Apart from his own films with Reddirtfilms in which he produced, directed,
shot, and edited films, he has been hired in various capacities, as a
director (including "Muhammad Ali" for Australian TV), and as
a Director of Photography, as sound recordist and as an editor for over
15 films in Paris, Australia and the United States.
Cavadini has worked as a journalist for "Nuovo Paese" (an Italian
newspaper in Sydney), was a member of the board of the Sydney Filmmakers
Cooperative and a member of the editorial board of "Filmnews".
In the United States Cavadini has taught film at Hofstra University and
at Film and Video Arts.
Alessandro Cavadini continues to work in film and audio/visual installations
and is the Audio Visual director at The Jewish Museum in New York.
Reddirtfilms is currently working on a series of short
avant garde films.