Experimental filmmaker with a dark and surrealist style whose work included avant-garde films Fireworks and Lucifer Rising.
He became enthusiastic about film after his mother took him to see a double feature of The Singing Fool and Thunder Over Mexico.
He was one of America's first openly gay filmmakers and one of the first to address homosexuality frankly on film.
He grew up with a sister named Jean and a brother named Bob.
He was friends with renowned playwright Tennessee Williams.