“Medium Cool” film about 1968 Democratic National Convention

    August 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago (held August 26–29) at this special screening of Haskell Wexler’s acclaimed 1969 political documentary/drama, Medium Cool, shot during the Convention riots!

    It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature as a director, fiercely plunges us into the moment.

    With its mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique, this depiction of the working world and romantic life of a Chicago television cameraman (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) is a visceral cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with a harrowing extended sequence shot right in the middle of the tumultuous riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a feat made all the more dramatic as the actors in the film become dangerously caught up in the real-life action. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced. (Dir. by Haskell Wexler, 1969, USA, 111 mins., Rated R)


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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