CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 minutes


There are films that make money and there are films that endure. Renegade director Hal Ashby made the latter. A passionate and obsessive craftsman, Ashby had serious authority issues with the studio power structure. Hitchhiking to L.A. when he was 17, Ashby’s first job was running a copy machine at Universal. After coming under the tutelage of director Norman Jewison, Ashby began editing film, winning an Oscar® for “In The Heat of the Night.” Before long, Jewison got him a chance to direct—and a new force of nature hit Hollywood. The director of such beloved movies as “Harold and Maude,” “The Last Detail,” “Being There,” and “Coming Home,” Ashby was a pot-smoking, blunt-talking rebel who put art and artists before bottom lines. Like one of his humanistic masterpieces, HAL puts the man and his art foremost. Wonderfully told with letters, star-studded reminiscences, and a feast of film clips, here is the song this unsung genius deserves. —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Capitol Theatre

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Amy Scott

Amy Scott grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated with a B.A. in film studies from the University of Oklahoma. Scott has worked as a media producer for the University of Chicago, a documentary film instructor at Chicago Filmmakers, and head digital archivist to Studs Terkel at the Chicago History Museum. She currently works as a director, editor, and producer in Los Angeles.

HAL (2018)

Brian Morrow, Christine Beebe, Jonathan Lynch, Lisa Janssen

Jonathon Narducci, Adam Michael Becker, Alexandre Naufel

Amy Scott, Sean Jarrett, Brian Morrow

Jon Voight, Jeff Bridges, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Norman Jewison, Allison Anders, Alexander Payne, Judd Apatow, David O. Russell, Louis Gossett, Jr., Haskell Wexler

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