Amy Scott's exuberant portrait--drawn from rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings--explores that curious oversight, revealing a passionate, obsessive artist. Having hitchhiked to LA, Ashby eventually landed in the editing room, where a chance encounter with Norman Jewison brought his big break (and a lifelong friendship). Ashby's subsequent films were guided by compassion and deep engagement with social justice, class, and race. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood. His uncompromising nature pitted him against studio meddling, particularly in the 1980s, when a string of flops tarnished his legacy, but Scott conjures the special quality Ashby's films possess--an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through Hal, you feel buoyed by Ashby's love of people and of cinema, a little like walking on water.
- Sep 7, 2018