Skip to main content

tell them who you are

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Documentaries)

Director: Mark S Wexler

[Tell Them Who You Are] explores director Mark Wexler's conflicted relationship with his legendary cinematographer father, Haskell. Wexler's film begins as a straightforward attempt to document the life and career of his 82-year-old dad, an ultra-liberal activist who won two Academy Awards (for [Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf] and [Bound for Glory]), directed the daring 1968 pseudo-doc [Medium Cool] and pissed off countless professional collaborators (including Milos Forman and Michael Douglas, who fired him from [One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest]). "Frustrated by having spent his life in his father's immense shadow, Mark turns his biographical camera partly on himself, shrewdly transforming his project into a personal examination of long-simmering familial tensions. Mark accurately presents his dad as an opinionated radical, a gifted artist, and a domineering know-it-all who can't keep from making suggestions to his son about the proper way to shoot and edit his film." - Slant Magazine This intriguing doco includes revealing interviews with Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, Milos Forman, Dennis Hopper, Ron Howard, Norman Jewison, George Lucas, Albert Mayles and Julia Roberts. Mark Wexler will be attending the festival.
D/P Mark S. Wexler WS Dream Entertainment TD 35mm/col/2004/95mins Mark S. Wexler's films include [Seeing Double] (1993), [Me & My Matchmaker] (1996).

See also...

THREE OF HEARTS: A POSTMODERN FAMILY

First there was Sam and Steven, who met in the early 1980s, and then there was Sam, Steven and Samantha. Seven years after Sam and Steven fell in love - and a few years after the charismatic Sam ... More »

CERTAIN KIND OF DEATH, A

A Certain Kind of Death USAWinner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, A Certain Kind of Death is a compelling and unblinking documentary that lays bare the mysterious process that ... More »

INJURY TO ONE, AN

An Injury to One USA Butte, Montana is considered the most toxic city in the United States, the legacy of copper mining that took US$25 billion out of the ground and left more than 10,000 workers ... More »

One Man Show: A musical documentary

In 1999, John Falcon, a gay, unemployed performance artist, won $45 million in the New York state lottery. Since then John has set about fulfilling his dreams: owning an apartment in Trump Towers ... More »

SUMO EAST AND WEST

Sumo East and West USAThe facts behind the flab. An exhaustive history of Sumo wrestling from its legendary beginnings (ancient Japanese myths state that the creation of the world was the result of a ... More »

FARMINGVILLE

Farmingville USA In September 2000, two Mexican workers were beaten nearly to death by young white youths in the New York state town of Farmingville. This explosive documentary examines the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director