As part of the Adult School of Montclair I got a chance to see a sneak preview of "Tell Them Who You Are" Mark Wexler. It is the story of legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler as told through the eyes of his son. He is the director of the film although if you watch the flm you will realize very quickly Mr. Wexler is someone who doesn't like to be directed, much more to be directed by his son.( I mean can you really tell your father, dad, pops, pa, what to do? I dont think you should)
IMHO this documentary should be required viewing for any up and coming documentary filmmakers, I wanted to make so many notes, but I know that if I did I would have missed parts, and this is the type of film that you dont want to miss at all.
It should really be required viewing for every single American as well. One of the main themes of the movie is freedom of speech, which filmmakers have a free pass to express.(Although I read somewhere that the Pentagon has set up shop in Hollywood...) One of the recurring themes is freedom of expression, that is what it is about, to document what happens, what really happens. Haskell Wexler tried to do that in every single film that he was involved with working alongside Elia Kasan, Milos Forman, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Mike Nichols.
It also brought something to light..I'm not someone who is an expert on film, I try to but i'm not. One thing I never knew was how much of the cinematographers vision goes into the film. It really takes a true artist to capture a moving image that will be remembered for generations to come.
Watch this movie as soon as it comes out. It will open on May 7 in Chicago(Fly to Chicago if you have the means to, it's a beautiful city this time of the year) Other wise it will be at a theater near you on May 15