TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE
Mark Wexler's cinematic blend of biography and autobiography centers on his relationship with his father, legendary Oscar®-winning cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler, whose long and illustrious career is a virtual catalogue of 20th-century classics. Haskell's collaborations with such world-class filmmakers as Elia Kazan, Milos Forman, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Mike Nichols include such works as WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, COMING HOME, BOUND FOR GLORY and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. The film features interviews with many of these artists, along with such luminaries as Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Sidney Poitier.
But the true "star" of TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE is Haskell himself, a controversial, larger-than life character who challenges his son's filmmaking skills while announcing with complete conviction that he could have done a better job directing most of the movies he's shot. As these two men swap positions on camera and behind it - sometimes shooting one another simultaneously - the film looks with honesty and compassion at their attempts to reconcile before it's too late.
“emotionally charged... the richest documentary of
its kind since Terry Zwigoff’s ‘Crumb’”
– STEPHEN HOLDEN, NEW YORK TIMES
“a stunning personal document –
funny, touching, vital...3 ½ stars”
– PETER TRAVERS, ROLLING STONE
“Touching and truthful...3 ½ stars”
-- ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Four stars... one of the year’s best films...
funny, intimate and surprisingly poignant.”
– CHRISTY LEMIRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Four stars... Compelling! An overview of a great artist’s
life as well as a powerful story of a father and son
struggling to connect.”
– PATRICIA BOSWORTH, VANITY FAIR
“poignant...this is no ordinary documentary.”
– PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A remarkable work -- lively...humorous,
deeply revealing of both father and son.”
– KEVIN THOMAS, LOS ANGELES TIMES