The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
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.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:45 AM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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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.
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