Hal Ashby, one of the most influential directors of the 70s - maybe even of all times - never became a famous star like Spielberg and never made any blockbusters like Lucas. He mastered the art of filmmaking in an editing room. He won Oscar only once - for In the Heat of the Night directed by Norman Jewison. During his acceptance speech Ashby talked about peace and love instead of thanking his agent. However, no one was better at capturing the idea of what critics later referred to as "New Hollywood". By looking through documentary materials and talking with Ashby's colleagues, Amy Scott presents a positive attitude to this exceptional artist, whose alternative films have become a part of cinema history. For instance, dark comedy Harold and Maude or based on the novel of Jerzy Kosiński Being There, with an unforgettable performance by Peter Sellers. In the film Jewison says I loved Hal like I loved no one else. After seeing Scott's documentary it is easy to understand why.
Director, film editor and producer living in Los Angeles. Raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, where she also studied. She was responsible for editing the films such as Fully Loaded, multiple prize winner Crosstown or Bunker 77 telling the story of a famous surfer living in the 70s. In 2018 she directed her first documentary Hal about the legendary director Hal Ashby, who died in 1988. The movie featured Judd Apatow, Jeff Bridges and Jane Fonda and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival.