Rebel Citizen Directed
Pamela Yates USA / 2015 / 77 minutes
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The legendary Haskell Wexler, two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer, filmmaker and activist, was a friend of the Woodstock Film Festival since its inception. He visited the festival often and took part in screenings, panels, concerts, and career day events. In 2001, the Woodstock Film Festival launched the Haskell Wexler Cinematography Award, with Wexler himself judging the award. "Professional cinema image taking should integrate, serve, interest, and enhance the story," Wexler said. "I judge cinematography not just for a story well told, but for what the story is." In 2008, Wexler received the Woodstock Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Rebel Citizen" takes the viewer on a revelatory tour of Wexler's political documentary work, letting the veteran artist and activist share his vision of how to be a citizen in the world and asking, "What does it mean to be a patriot?" Wexler speaks with the clarity and candor that comes with hard-won experience and the wisdom of age. "There are a lot of ways to look at the world that may not be presented to us as the important things," says Wexler. Filmmaker Pamela Yates' intimate interview style and Wexler's blunt and at times irreverent answers make for fascinating viewing. In this election year, his words resonate: "I'm not ready to give our country away to anybody." "Rebel Citizen" is a testimony not only to a remarkable American legend but to the spirit of America itself. -- Woodstock Film Festival Staff
BIO: Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Pennsylvanian Appalachian coal-mining region, but ran away at 16 to live in New York City. She co-founded Skylight Pictures, a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. Yates' films have spanned the globe, covering a breadth of human experience. She directed "When the Mountains Tremble", about a revolutionary moment in Guatemala, that won the Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival, and a trilogy of films, "Living Broke in Boom Times", covering homeless activists' movement to end poverty. She is currently working on a quartet of films about transitional justice.
Yates was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current film, "Granito". She executive produced the Academy Award-winning "Witness to War", produced the Emmy Award-winning "Loss of Innocence" and received the Overseas Press Club Award for "State of Fear,
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