Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s – HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE—he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby’s love of people and of cinema, a little like walking on water.
“IT’S A CONSISTANTALY ENGAGING TRIP”-Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“One of the comparatively unsung luminaries of 1970s American cinema receives a very fine tribute in HAL, an in-depth look at director Hal Ashby. A MOST WELCOLME REASSESSMENT OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FIGURES IN 1970s HOLLYWOOD”-Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Sheds new light on a master filmmaker who occupies a place in the pantheon alongside Coppola, Scorsese, De Palma, and Spielberg.”-Jeremy Smith, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH.
TUE, OCT 30, 8:50p:
Miami Premiere Engagement!
Documentary by AMY SCOTT/2018/90mins.
With Judd Apatow, Rosanna Arquette, Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Lisa Cholodenko, Caleb Deschanel, Pablo Ferro, Jane Fonda, Louis Gossett Jr., Lee Grant, Dustin Hoffman and more!