Tell Them Who you Are (Non-fiction Features)
2004 - USA - 105
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DIRECTOR: Tell Them Who you Are
CAST: Haskell Wexler, Mark Wexler, Sidney Poitier, Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, Julia Roberts, Conrad Hall, Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Milos Forman, George Lucas, John Sayles
Mark Wexler's cinematic blend of biography and autobiography centers on his relationship with his father, legendary cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler, whose long and illustrious career is a virtual catalogue of 20th century classics. Haskell’s collaborations with such world-class filmmakers as Elia Kazan, Milos Forman, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Mike Nichols include such works as WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, AMERICAN GRAFFITTI, COMING HOME, BOUND FOR GLORY and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, and the film features interviews with these artists, along with such luminaries as Ron Howard, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Julia Roberts. But the true “star” of TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE is Haskell himself, a larger-than-life character who challenges his son's choices about camera placement, lighting, and storytelling while announcing with complete conviction that he could have done a better job directing most of the films he’s shot. As these two men swap positions--both on camera and behind it, and sometimes shooting one another simultaneously--the film explores the specifics of this particular father/son dynamic, while also revealing more universal truths about how our parents teach us to see the world, and how legacies, both personal and artistic, are created.Mark S. Wexler is one of America’s foremost photojournalists and a noted documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared in such publications as Time, Life, National Geographic and The New York Times. He is the recipient of numerous World Press Awards for Outstanding Photojournalism. In 1993, Wexler turned to documentary filmmaking with Seeing Double, a wry and engaging short about identical twins made for National Geographic television. -AHS
PRODUCER: Mark Wexler
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Wexler, Sarah Levy, Joan Churchill, John Ealer, Jon Else, Patrick Loungway, Keith Walker, Haskell Wexle
EDITOR: Robert DeMaio
MUSIC: Blake Leyh
PRINT SOURCE: Think Film, Inc.