Kevin Bartnof Biography:  Living for the Moment

Kevin and Hilda

Kevin E. Bartnof was a Foley Artist with over 70 film credits. He spent his professional career working at many of the major studios and post-production companies, including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony and Todd-AO. He was honored with numerous industry awards. Among the many films on which he worked post-production, some of his most well-regarded credits include The Perfect Storm (2000), Shawshank Redemption (1994), Schindler's List (1993), Iron Monkey (1993), Hook (1991), Enemies: A Love Story (1989), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), and Empire of the Sun (1987).

The Moment, Nov. 1987

The Moment was a Los Angeles-based literary journal "randomly published" between 1987 and 1991. Editors Kevin Bartnof, Eric Lyden and Chris Behling celebrated a refreshing counter-literati sensibility, providing a freewheeling forum for new unpublished writers, as well as established anti-establishment literary and social experimentalists, including Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary.

The Moment's quirky layout of photo collages, illustrations and a smattering of smutty schematics complemented the diverse offering of poetry, prose and interviews. The journal featured a directory of poetry readings, retail outlets for books and music, and L.A. arts events in the media. Lyden managed a poetry hotline that paralleled the journal's L.A. arts listings. Eric also headed The Moment merchandising of jerseys and stickers.

It was a fun, fleeting, but memorable Moment.

Eric Lyden prepared a posthumous publication, The Moment of Kevin B.: The Collected Poems of Kevin Bartnof  in 2001.

Kevin, 1978

Kevin was born on April 4, 1958 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His family relocated to Southern California, which remained his home throughout his life. He attended school at California State University at Northridge. Kevin loved the spoken word—nuance in tone and inflection. He loved music—lyric, rhythm and melody—a passion that originated in the bond with his brother Morley, a gifted musician and composer who was a lifelong inspiration and influence.

Kevin passed away suddenly on June 30, 2001, age 43. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor. Kevin is survived by his mother Ruth, and by his close friend and brother, Morley.



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