Tim Bartlett has been playing with video, light and projectors since age eight. At 16, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, recognized his documentary work with its annual Prize in Film and Video. He studied film, English and music composition at Middlebury College, and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend one year documenting the art of English bell ringing. Afterward, he continued to travel the world as a documentary cameraman, which included working with Ngawang Choephel as cinematographer and editor on Tibet in Song, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Tim has also edited television shows, including Hell’s Kitchen, World of Jenks, and Emmy-winning seasons of The Amazing Race. He collaborates with New York-based rock group Ghost Ghost, directing music videos and creating visual projections for their live performances.
Tim considers film to be the visual side of music: a temporal medium that translates divergent experiences and forms into light and sound, ideas and emotions. This relationship is integral to Lotus Lives. Su Lian Tan began collaborating with Tim before the music was even composed. His visual work on Lotus Lives incorporates everything from traditional Malaysian shadow puppetry to digital technology and lasers in Brooklyn.