Haskell Wexler


February 6, 1922  –  December 27, 2015

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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.

  6. Haskell Wexler’s genius was is his unstinting dedication to truth in cinematography and life. I shall always remember his commitment to our campaign for president, his passion for peace, his willingness to take a stand. It was a great privilege to share a common cause with Haskell. My deepest sympathies to his family and his expanse of admirers, of whom I am one. Much love, Dennis Kucinich.

  7. I remember hearing your dad come into CFI film lab in his race car blue & white Porsche. Always tan & trim & friendly. He had a great adventurous life. A cool guy. So talented.

  8. I Knew him many years ago, more than 30, in Donostia-San Sebastian Film festival working for him as his translator. I was very young and the couple of days we spend working together had a great impact on me for his kindness and brave spirit. Goian bego. Muxu haundi bat donostiatik

  9. Haskell was incredibly honest and transparent. He used his voice to promotes and in power others. He was a beacon of integrity in a business not known for any.

  10. Haskell was a light which I saw that shined so bright. He gave me a chance early in my career and trusted me. God Bless you Haskell for all you gave us all.
    RIP Haskell always Joe Marquette

  11. Penelope Milford

    Jeff, I just want to let you know that your dad has been a lovely inspiration to me all my adult life , in all the ways that make him a true artist. Above all, he was and always will be a loving and kind man.
    I am so grateful to have known both of you.

  12. My hero. I first knew him as the man who photographed the
    Weatherman when I was working with the Black Panther Party, That is my lasting impression, Haskell with that pig of an NPR on his shoulder, relflected in a mirror as ran the camera.

  13. The man had talent and he had guts.

    Though I wouldn’t necessarily agree with all his politics I have total respect and admiration for his ability to tell stories with boldness and abandon.

    His saying “Take it easy but take it” I first heard back in film school in Chicago (1970) and it’s been an inspiration ever since.

    Missing you already dear warrior for truth and clarity.

  14. So sorry to read that Haskell has died..I had the great privilege of spending a few hours in his company! He was in Northern Ireland as a guest of The Belfast Arts Festival….on a visit to The Derry Walls his friend Kevin asked for directions to ‘The Bogside’ where 13 people were killed by British troops on ‘Bloody Sunday’! I trusted him immediately and instead of giving him directions ,I went in their car and showed him around the area! He took out his camera and filmed as he interviewed me at the mural of my dead schoolfriend Annette who was killed in 1971..They drove me home where he interviewed my husband and myself….He was a gentleman,softly spoken,he left an impression on me…I would so like to see this little film he made for his private collection….A light has gone out in the movie business! RIP Dear Haskell…

  15. I admired his activism long before I discovered he was a 4th cousin with roots in the Kancelbaum/Counselbaums of Rajgrod, Poland.

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