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The son of acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler confronts his complex father by turning the camera on him. What results is a portrait of a difficult genius and a son's path out of the shadow of a famous father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Peter Bart ... Himself

Verna Bloom ... Herself

Billy Crystal ... Himself

Michael Douglas ... Himself

Jane Fonda ... Herself

Milos Forman ... Himself

Troy Garity ... Himself
Ronnie Gilbert ... Herself
Conrad L. Hall ... Himself

Conrad W. Hall ... Himself
Tom Hayden ... Himself

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Ron Howard ... Himself

Norman Jewison ... Himself

Elia Kazan ... Himself (archive footage)

Irvin Kershner ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself

Albert Maysles ... Himself

Daniel Moder ... Himself (as Danny Moder)

Paul Newman ... Himself

Sidney Poitier ... Himself

Julia Roberts ... Herself

John Sayles ... Himself

Martin Sheen ... Himself

Lee Tamahori ... Himself

Studs Terkel ... Himself

Haskell Wexler ... Himself (also archive footage)

Mark Wexler ... Himself (also archive footage)
Simon Wexler ... Himself (archive footage)

Jonathan Winters ... Himself
D.P. Carlson ... Himself (uncredited)

Johnny Grant ... Himself (uncredited)

Rob Reiner ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Wexler  (as Mark S. Wexler)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert DeMaio 
Mark Wexler  (as Mark S. Wexler)

Produced by
Mark Luethi .... associate producer
Mark Wexler .... producer (as Mark S. Wexler)
Original Music by
Blake Leyh 
Cinematography by
Mark Wexler  (as Mark S. Wexler)
Film Editing by
Robert DeMaio 
Sound Department
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Michael Kowalski .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Jeff Defalque .... AfterFX artist
Ricardo Echevarria .... AfterFX artist (as Rick Echevarria)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Churchill .... additional camera operator
John Ealer .... additional camera operator
Jon Else .... additional camera operator
Sarah Levy .... additional photographer
Patrick Loungway .... additional camera operator
Keith Walker .... additional camera operator
Clay Westervelt .... camera operator
Haskell Wexler .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Randy L. Anderson .... color timer
Nathan Adams .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Besseling .... uk
Barbara Gregson .... clearance consultant

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Also Known As:
"My Cinematographer" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual images
95 min
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Moving exploration of living in the shadow of greatness, 27 August 2006
Author: mikeindover from United States

I grew up in Chicago and was 18 years old when the riots broke out there during the 1968 Democratic Convention. I didn't go down there because my Chicago Democrat father would have thrown me out of the house if I had gotten involved. So I saw the riots going on 8 miles from house on TV, while Haskell Wexler was down in the streets making a film about how the media was shaping my beliefs about the situation. I think that about sums up my "personal" relationship to Haskell Wexler. When I saw the film Medium Cool, my mind was altered forever. I eventually got a doctorate in communications research and I teach young people about the influence of media in their world and about how they can use the media to change the world.

I sense that the mediocre rating of this film may be due to the fact that people could miss the absolute perfect symmetry of this film. They fail to see how the father forces the son into cinema verite mode (far away from the controlled format of the Smithsonian type of documentary that Mark was used to) and how the son accepts this and creates a film that the father can sign off on. There is a lot of truth in this film. Even if Mark's values do not mirror Haskell's, he is unafraid to expose his own feelings. And I get a sense that Haskell's influence on his son is more profound than he realizes through much of the film. Also, coming from my own lefty perspective, I found the exploration of a life well lived to be inspirational. This film has just surfaced on Sundance Channel in 2006 and if you are interested in finding some of the connecting threads in Haskell's life or are the sort of man who cried watching "Field of Dreams," it's well worth the watch.

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