Filmmaker Haskell Wexler has achieved his greatest acclaim as a director of photography, being named as one of the “10 Most Influential Cinematographers” of all time by the International Cinematographers Guild in 2003, with a filmography that includes: America, America (1963), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978), No Nukes (1980), Colors (1988), Canadian Bacon (1995), and a number of films by the independent-film icon John Sayles, including the coalminers’ union classic, Matewan (1987).
Wexler has also made a name for himself by creating several politically-progressive documentaries, as well as directing two similarly-oriented works of fiction: the pro-Sandinista Latino (1985) and Medium Cool, a true-to-life depiction of events surrounding the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention protests, starring Robert Forster and Verna Bloom.
Wexler will be featured guest at the UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center’s presentation of Medium Cool at the Pollock Theater on Thursday, November 21, from 7-10pm. Fellow Santa Barbara resident/director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) will facilitate a post-screening Q&A with the nonagenarian industry legend.
Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” with producer/host Ted Coe, will call attention to Thursday’s screening with special guest Greg Burris, a graduate student in UCSB’s Department of Film & Media Studies and one of the organizers of this week’s special event. Along with reflections on Wexler’s cinema-vérité masterpiece from 1969, the broadcast will feature movie trailers and music from (or associated with) the film — by Frank Zappa, Love (with Arthur Lee), The Litter, Wild Man Fischer, Phil Ochs, Brother Bones & His Shadows, and more.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Fall from 11am-12noon PST.