As an underground filmmaker and video artist, Jud Yalkut participated in seminal moments of early video art. In 1965 Yalkut became a resident filmmaker for USCO, a countercultural collective. Starting in 1966 and continuing into the 1970's, he collaborated with Nam June Paik on a series of video-film pieces in which he used the medium of film not merely to document performances, but, through editing and juxtaposition, to create conversations between film and video.
Yalkut was born in New York City in 1938. Yalkut's film and video work has been exhibited at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art , New York, the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, and Anthology Film Archives in New York; at a one-man film retrospective at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, and in numerous exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally. He has also organized important exhibitions of video and experimental media art, such as Computer Art: An Ohio Perspective at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in 1993 and Art From Virtual Realities at DVAC in 1996. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Writing-In-Media grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for his manuscript, Electronic Zen: The Alternate Video Generation, Yalkut has also been a writer on the arts and media since 1966, publishing in such journals and newspapers as Film Quarterly, The Dayton Voice, and The New York Free Press.
Yalkut lives in Dayton, Ohio.