Haskell Wexler died in December 2015 at the age of 93. In 2003, he was crowned by colleagues as one of the ten most influential cameramen in film history. In this portrait by his friend and colleague Pamela Yates, Wexler’s contribution to cinematography is not the main issue; referring to his first Oscar for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), he cites the visibility it gave him. That recognition helped him realise his own feature and documentary projects, which provide evidence of his affinity with the civil-rights struggle and anti-war movement.
Wexler is still just as inspired and committed in this last lengthy interview larded with film excerpts, in which he looks back on a broad oeuvre firmly rooted in critical protest: from ‘road documentary’ The Bus (1965), about the famous march to Washington in 1963, via his pioneering feature Medium Cool (1969) up to a report on the recent Occupy protests in his birthplace Chicago.


Filmmaker
Pamela Yates
Premiere
European premiere
Country
USA
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
76’
Language
English
Producer
Paco de Onis
Production Company
Skylight Inc.
Sales
Skylight Inc.
Cinematography
Travis Wilkerson
Editor
Daniela Quiroz, Peter Kinoy
Cast
Haskell Wexler
Website
http://skylight.is/films/rebel-citizen