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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).

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