Haskell Wexler


February 6, 1922  –  December 27, 2015

It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Haskell Wexler, has died. Pop died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 27th, 2015.  Accepting the Academy Award in 1967, Pop said: “I hope we can use our art for peace and for love”.  An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will carry on.

February 6, 1922 – December 27, 2015

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  1. The man was as special away from the camera as behind it and always had an ear as well as eyes for causes that would improve the world. One of my proudest moments (which lasted 30 years) is that we were both screwed by a Rupert Murdoch editor who changed my positive review of his film “Latino” into a negative one, and when I ran into Haskell at an ACLU event decades later he smiled when I told him I’d learned that that same editor had been caught up in the Murdoch phone hacking scandal. That smile dismissed years of irritation. Even if his films didn’t make my life better, Haskell did.

  2. i’m sorry to here. His life was full a glorious
    i’ve known him since i was a child.
    he and my father (Jim Dennett) were great friends.
    my love to his family

  3. A life incredibly well lived….

  4. An inspirational man. His passion and wisdom as an activist made an impact equal to his filmmaking. Condolences to his family & friends. Medium Cool was THE Message…


  5. Jeff, please share my condolences with Kathy and Mark. I don’t have to tell you how unstintingly generous Haskell was with a whole generation — maybe two generations — of young writers/cinematographers/activists. I can never repay the debt, just try to pay it forward in his name.
    As he used to sign off on his letters: Take it easy, but
    take it.

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