Flame Schon

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Diane Cramer

1938 (age 85–86)
United States
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Filmmaker
  • actress
  • artist
  • cinematographer
  • editor
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Sheldon Rochlin (1963–1974), Jyoti Schon (1974-present)

Flame Schon (formerly Diane Rochlin born 1938) is an American artist, film director, writer, cinematographer, editor and actress. She is best known for her documentary films and collaborations with former husband Sheldon Rochlin although continues to work in the video space, frequently presenting new work at Currents New Media in Santa Fe, NM. [1]


Schon is an experimental video artist and documentary filmmaker. Her collaboration with Sheldon Rochlin began in 1962 with Diane the Zebra Woman[2] a dreamy 24 minute 16mm film heavily inspired by the French New Wave where she plays the four main characters. She is best known for Vali (1967), a 65 minute film about Vali Myers in her 14th-century cottage Il Porto, Italy and Dope (1968 film) which premiered at the 1968 Locarno Festival under the title "Head" and featured counterculture icons such as Marianne Faithful, Geno Foreman, Vali Myers and performances by Pink Floyd.

Vali screened at MoMA in 1966 [3] and was reviewed by Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice [4] Dope was officially screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975.

Her work with experimental theater company The Living Theaterled to her collaboration in two documentaries about their work, Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda in 1968 and Paradise Now in 1970.

A collaboration between herself, Sheldon Rochlin and Vali Myers appeared in issue 9 of Aspen (magazine), The Psychedelic Issue. [5]

In recent years she's focused on video art. Her piece INterzone (2015) premiered at Currents New Media. [6]


  • Diane the Zebra Woman (1962) as actor, writer, director and editor
  • Vali (1967) as writer, director, cinematographer, editor
  • Dope (1968) as writer, director, cinematographer, editor
  • Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda (1968) as cinematographer
  • Paradise Now (1970) as cinematographer
  • Maidstone (1970) as cinematographer [7]
  • Daughter of Dada (1996)
  • At Home With The Majoun Traveler (Ira Cohen) (2008)
  • INterzone (2015)


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