I’ve always loved this magazine and looked to it as a cultural compass. From the writings of Hunter Thompson to Russell Means to Chrissie Hynde, this publication was a lighthouse of cool shit for my pre-internet Oklahoma teen brain. I cannot believe they have shown the film this much love, and I thank them for it. This means a lot, RS!
This has got to be my favorite review of the film. WOWOWOWOW Thank you so much!!!
“But for those that have not previously genuflected at the altar, or who don’t know his story, or have maybe only heard his name once or twice — this movie is really for you. Hal is a docuportrait, and a smartly constructed one at that, hitting all the beats it needs to, from high points to rock bottom, rough childhood to untimely death at the age of 59. But as a primer for why he’s one of the most important figures of a deservedly lauded era, this film is damn near invaluable. You leave know exactly why Ashby mattered. It’s as perfect an act of attention-must-be-paid reclamation, an additional carving on moviedom’s Mt. Rushmore, as anyone could ask for.” — David Fear
So much press! Thank you LA Times! Thank you NPR! Thank you Leonard Maltin (and we had a blast speaking at your class)! Thank you New York Times! Thank you The Ringer! Thank you CNN! Thank you Film School Radio! Thank you Screen Anarchy! Thank you FF2 Media! Thank you Moviebill! Thank you Campus Circle!
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. I finally get to say "hey, check out our film, it's in theaters, you can buy tickets now" BECAUSE IT'S TRUE!!!! Go to http://hal.oscilloscope.net/ to get your tix and take the fantastic voyage with us!
Recently, my producers Brian Morrow and Christine Beebe were invited to screen our film at the DGA in Los Angeles and have a nice little chat with Chuck Workman. It was pretty great, and played out exactly as I imagined a DGA screening about Hal Ashby would go, complete with ex-girlfriends, old colleagues, and friends. Viva la Hal!
I am so honored to be included in this year's AFI DOCS program. This is the sort of lifelong dream milestone effort that I can't believe is finally happening. I mean, just look at this advisory board!!?!?!!?
AFI DOCS Advisory Board
D A Pennebaker
You can catch our film here, please check it out if you find yourself in the DC area.
Here's a lovely little interview/article on Hal Ashby from the fine folks at the Cleveland International Film Festival, where I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days. That giant LeBron on the back of Terminal Tower is undeniably badass, even if it was already ripped down once. Viva la Cleveland! Oh also, here I am with more of the same early morning crazy face.
"Scott has crafted a knockout debut that bodes enthusiastically well for her future in the medium, and serves as a baseline for any and all future investigations into the life and vision of past, present and future cinema masters."
This just might be *the best* review our little film has received to date! Have a looksee here. Viva La Ashby!
Wherein I had a lovely conversation about Hal and cinema and art-making with Terry Burden, perhaps a little too early in the morning the day after our World Premiere, judging by the bags under my eyes!
Hal movie premiered at Sundance 2018! Guys, we did it! We had five screenings full of super enthusiastic and lovely cinefiles –– all eager to chat up renegade filmmaking and Ashby legacy. It was such a unique, action-packed, magical experience that I immediately came home to Los Angeles and collapsed with the flu for five days. All in, it was a raging success. Check out some of our our hot press action from Rolling Stone, birth.movies.death, Entertainment Weekly, Slash Film and Flavorwire; or some verbage on the podcast Road to Cinema, wherein I probably needed another cup of coffee. Viva la ASHBY!
Happy 2018 folks!
In the event you find yourself at the Sundance Film Festival next month, here is our screening schedule:
Mon. 1/22, 11:30 a.m., The MARC, PC
Tue. 1/23, 8:30 p.m., Prospector, PC
Thu. 1/25, 11:30 a.m., The MARC, PC
Fri. 1/26, 9:15 a.m., Holiday 2, PC
Sat. 1/27, 3:00 p.m., Broadway 6, SLC
18 Tons of Peace and Love in the New Year!
Wherein I chatted it up about the evolution of the project.