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Edinburgh International Film Festival - Special Event - In Person: Seamus McGarvey & Haskell Wexler

Haskell Wexler , Seamus McGarvey - ****File Photo** Oscar-winning cinematographer HASKELL WEXLER has died, aged 93. The filmmaker and social activist passed away in his sleep at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Sunday (27Dec15). "It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Haskell Wexler, has died," his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, writes on his website. "Pop died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 27th, 2015. "Accepting the Academy Award in 1967, Pop said: 'I hope we can use our art for peace and for love.' An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will carry on." Haskell was known for his work on films like Jane Fonda's anti-war classic Coming Home and Sidney Poitier's race drama In the Heat of the Night. He scored his first Oscar for Elizabeth Taylor's 1966 movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and struck gold again 10 years later for director Hal Ashby's 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory. In addition, he landed nominations for his contributions to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Matewan, and Huey Long biopic Blaze, and worked as director of photography on films including Gore Vidal's The Best Man and Mulholland Falls. Haskell was also recognised for his documentary work on the Emmy-winning Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang and 1970's Interviews with My Lai Veterans, for which he won an Academy Award. He also wrote, produced and directed 1969's Medium Cool, a groundbreaking cinema verite-style film about the violence between Chicago police and Vietnam War protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which continues to influence generations of filmmakers today. Haskell's talent even earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996, making him the first cinematographer to receive the honour in 35 years. He is survived by his third wife, actress Rita Taggart, who he wed in 1989, and his other children Kathy and Mark. (MT/WN at Filmhouse - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Friday 26th June 2015

Haskell Wexler and Seamus Mcgarvey
Haskell Wexler and Seamus Mcgarvey

1st Annual Location Managers Guild Of America (LMGA) Awards

Haskell Wexler - ****File Photo** Oscar-winning cinematographer HASKELL WEXLER has died, aged 93. The filmmaker and social activist passed away in his sleep at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Sunday (27Dec15). "It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Haskell Wexler, has died," his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, writes on his website. "Pop died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 27th, 2015. "Accepting the Academy Award in 1967, Pop said: 'I hope we can use our art for peace and for love.' An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will carry on." Haskell was known for his work on films like Jane Fonda's anti-war classic Coming Home and Sidney Poitier's race drama In the Heat of the Night. He scored his first Oscar for Elizabeth Taylor's 1966 movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and struck gold again 10 years later for director Hal Ashby's 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory. In addition, he landed nominations for his contributions to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Matewan, and Huey Long biopic Blaze, and worked as director of photography on films including Gore Vidal's The Best Man and Mulholland Falls. Haskell was also recognised for his documentary work on the Emmy-winning Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang and 1970's Interviews with My Lai Veterans, for which he won an Academy Award. He also wrote, produced and directed 1969's Medium Cool, a groundbreaking cinema verite-style film about the violence between Chicago police and Vietnam War protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which continues to influence generations of filmmakers today. Haskell's talent even earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996, making him the first cinematographer to receive the honour in 35 years. He is survived by his third wife, actress Rita Taggart, who he wed in 1989, and his other children Kathy and Mark. (MT/WN at American Writers Guild Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 29th March 2014

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Haskell Wexler and Nancy Haecker
Haskell Wexler and Billy Crystal
Nancy Haecker, Haskell Wexler and Billy Crystal

Edinburgh International Film Festival - Special Event - In Person: Seamus McGarvey & Haskell Wexler

Haskell Wexler and Seamus McGarvey - Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) - Special Event - In Person: Seamus McGarvey in conversation with Haskell Wexler at Filmhouse - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Friday 26th June 2015

Haskell Wexler and Seamus Mcgarvey
Haskell Wexler and Seamus Mcgarvey
Rita Taggart, Seamus Mcgarvey and Haskell Wexler
Haskell Wexler and Seamus Mcgarvey
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Haskell Wexler and Seamus Mcgarvey

1st Annual Location Managers Guild Of America (LMGA) Awards

Nancy Haecker, Haskell Wexler and Billy Crystal - 1st Annual Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) Awards held at the American Writers Guild Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 29th March 2014

Nancy Haecker, Haskell Wexler and Billy Crystal
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Haskell Wexler
Haskell Wexler and Billy Crystal
Haskell Wexler and Nancy Haecker

49th Annual CAS Awards

Haskell Wexler - 49th Annual CAS Awards at Biltmore Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 16th February 2013

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Visions Of Light Review


Excellent
The novice's guide to film cinematography, Visions of Light is a brisk primer on what the D.P. of a movie does: Basically, make it look the way it looks. From Birth of a Nation to Citizen Kane to Raging Bull to Eraserhead, this trio of documentary filmmakers leads us through a fascinating (and dazzling) journey of some of the world's most beautiful and most innovatively photographed movies. The focus here is more on technique than on trickery (no mention of the flames held in front of Raging Bull's camera, to give it that hazy look), and that's just fine: This is a film about how the artistry of filmmaking was born and how it developed to where we are today. It's impossible to digest in one review -- more than 100 films are excerpted -- but fascinating to sit through.

Tell Them Who You Are Review


Excellent
Unlike most independent film directors, I have a pretty great relationship with my father. We meet once a week for dinner, we are very open about our work and our relationships, and, maybe most important, we understand each other on a very equal plane. I doubt this would have been very different if he had been famous in any right, but who am I to make such projections. What I know is that we're both very impressed and happy with how each other have turned out. Whether Mark Wexler and his appropriately named father, Haskell, see each other in these terms is a question that becomes the focus of the documentary Tell Them Who You Are.

The title comes from an insistence of Mark's mother when he is too shy to say hello to a celebrity; she says "Tell them who you are! Tell them you're Haskell Wexler's son!" For those who don't know, Haskell Wexler has been widely recognized as a great cinematographer. He worked on films like American Graffiti, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and last year's Silver City, and was fired from both Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Why was he fired? More than likely, it was because he's a pain in the ass the likes of which have never been seen. He's judgmental, quick to call names, impatient, quick tempered, and a mighty big liberal, although he'd probably lose it if you called him that. Mark documented the relationship between he and his father from 2002 till the beginning of 2004, using interviews with Haskell and several high-end celebrities.

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The Loved One Review


Extraordinary
Decades before Six Feet Under, The Loved One skewered the paradox of the funeral business in appearance-obsessed L.A. Wildly and unpredictably funny, The Loved One careens from scene to scene so quickly you may not be able to keep up with the jokes.

And what jokes they are! The very American Robert Morse stars as a British visitor to L.A., a wannabe poet who gets caught up in the machinations of a cemetary owner (Jonathan Winters) and his top mortician (Rod Steiger in the role of a lifetime). It's more cult than cemetary, and Morse soon becomes enchanted with one the cemetary's guide/beautician/chanteuse (a dippy Anajette Comer). The film haphazardly careens from subplot to subplot, eventually settling into a set piece about a kid obsessed with rockets, which Winters sees as the solution to the problem of running out of space for "loved ones" in the cemetary (aka corpses).

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Medium Cool Review


Extraordinary
Where is the line between fantasy and reality? Check out Medium Cool and you'll have trouble finding it. Pioneering cinematographer Haskell Wexler got the bright idea that the 1968 Democratic National Convention would be a hotbed of riots (with Vietnam in its worst years, MLK recently assassinated, and a growing movement fed up with the government) and he was right. Wexler decided to make a (fictional) movie set during all of this -- but rather than wait until it was over and done with, he took a group of actors to ground zero, tossed them in among the cops and the protesters, and had them "act."

The result is one of the most vibrant and eye-opening films ever made, a bit of fantasy that seems devastatingly real -- because, in large part, it is.

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Tell Them Who You Are Review


Excellent
Unlike most independent film directors, I have a pretty great relationship with my father. We meet once a week for dinner, we are very open about our work and our relationships, and, maybe most important, we understand each other on a very equal plane. I doubt this would have been very different if he had been famous in any right, but who am I to make such projections. What I know is that we're both very impressed and happy with how each other have turned out. Whether Mark Wexler and his appropriately named father, Haskell, see each other in these terms is a question that becomes the focus of the documentary Tell Them Who You Are.

The title comes from an insistence of Mark's mother when he is too shy to say hello to a celebrity; she says "Tell them who you are! Tell them you're Haskell Wexler's son!" For those who don't know, Haskell Wexler has been widely recognized as a great cinematographer. He worked on films like American Graffiti, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and last year's Silver City, and was fired from both Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Why was he fired? More than likely, it was because he's a pain in the ass the likes of which have never been seen. He's judgmental, quick to call names, impatient, quick tempered, and a mighty big liberal, although he'd probably lose it if you called him that. Mark documented the relationship between he and his father from 2002 till the beginning of 2004, using interviews with Haskell and several high-end celebrities.

Continue reading: Tell Them Who You Are Review

The Loved One Review


Extraordinary
Decades before Six Feet Under, The Loved One skewered the paradox of the funeral business in appearance-obsessed L.A. Wildly and unpredictably funny, The Loved One careens from scene to scene so quickly you may not be able to keep up with the jokes. The black and white photography is stark, reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove (as is the whole film -- with Jonathan Winters in two roles), though some of the details get lost in the deep shadows. It's not out on video, so watch for it on cable. It's well worth it.
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