Cinematographer Joan Churchill, ASC on how she handles interview subjects from the upcoming film, “My Dinner With Haskell.” From Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography on December 6th, 2017.
Filmmaker and cinematographer Joan Churchill, ASC began her career shooting on a series of music films, including “Gimme Shelter,” “No Nukes,” “Hail, Hail Rock and Roll,” and “Jimi Plays Berkeley,” which she directed. Her credits include “An American Family,” the definitive vérité study of dysfunctional family life, “Punishment Park” and “Pumping Iron,” in which the world met Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Churchill is a long-term collaborator with Nick Broomfield. The duo have worked on such acclaimed films as “Aileen: Life & Death of a Serial Killer,” “Kurt & Courtney,” “Biggie & Tupac” and “Soldier Girls.” She has collaborated with her partner, Alan Barker, on two TV vérité series, producing and shooting Emmy winning “American High” and “The Residents .” Their recent credits include the Academy nominated “Last Days in Vietnam” (American Experience/PBS), “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” (YouTube Red), “American Psychosis” (working title Independent Lens/PBS) and “Beyond Psychiatry” (work in progress).
“My Dinner With Haskell” is an exploration of the passions, ideas and convictions of acclaimed cinematographer, activist filmmaker and our dear friend Haskell Wexler. The through line of the film will be the lively debates and conversations with artists and activists that took place over meals. “My Dinner With Haskell” gives the audience a seat at the table to experience Haskell as we did.
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