Gates produced "All Shaken Up" in 1998, working with Penny Loeb, a reporter for U.S. News and World Report. Loeb interviewed 45 people from West Virginia coal towns near mountaintop removal mines. The film displayed damages to their homes, wells, streams and forests. It also focused on the negative psychological impacts frequent and continual blasting had upon local residents.
Gates photographed the dramatic demolition and collapse of 11 tall smokestacks at the Libbey-Owens-Ford glass plant in Kanawha City after it closed in the early 1980s.
In 2003, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston displayed a collage of photographs Gates took during Gov. Bob Wise's inauguration speech at the Capitol earlier that year.
Gates also shot portraits and films featuring interesting individuals, such as "Building a Cello With Harold," produced in 1995.
Harold Hayslett, a South Charleston resident, was a well-known builder of violins and cellos. Gates produces a feature-length documentary showing Hayslett making a new cello from high-quality woods, from start to finish.
Back in 1977, Gates produced the "Morris Family Old Time Music Festival," which is also available on DVD.
Gates died on Groundhog Day, after having hosted many Groundhog Day parties at his home in Charleston over the years, Moorhead said.
"Bob loved Groundhog Day," she said. "I took him a card, with a little groundhog on it, when he was in the hospital. He was up and about, but apparently started to bleed again and they couldn't fix it."
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Monday. Terri Marion, a friend of Gates' family, said there would be a memorial celebration later this month at the Empty Glass Café, on Elizabeth Street, to celebrate Gates' life and films, which will be shown during the event. A date has not been determined, she said.
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