Walter Locke grew up in Dayton, Ohio and had nothing whatsoever to do with film or video, though he appeared in a short broadcast series about science for kids. He graduated from Ramona High school in Riverside, CA in 1967 and entered college in Cambridge, MA that fall.
While on leave from college from 1970-74, he produced a feature-length documentary about the US-backed coup against Chilean President, Salvador Allende. His researcher/writer, Charles Horman, was murdered in Chile in October 1973 and became the focus of the 1982 Costa Gavras feature film, Missing, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, and John Shea. Walter’s documentary was used by the cast of Missing as reference material. Walter’s movie, Avenue of the Americas, was invited to compete in the 1977 Academy Awards.
Joining the ACMi staff in November 2006, as Community Outreach Coordinator, Walter witness the fast and furious development and evolution of a small cable access TV station to the sophisticated and much praised community media hub it is today. After retiring from his position in January 2014, Walter has kept his hand (and heart) in at ACMi, producing specials on his own and short subjects with Studio Knights. Walter now serves as an unsolicited evangelist for the company with which he spent seven wonderful years as Outreach Coordinator—a title happily relinquished to the brilliant James Milan in 2014.