Official Trailer for Documentary 'Hal' About the Filmmaker Hal Ashby

August 17, 2018
Source: YouTube

Hal Documentary Trailer

"He'd smoke some pot, and he would work all night." Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled an official full-length trailer for a documentary titled Hal, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Amy Scott's first feature doc is about the iconic director Hal Ashby, "the '70s grooviest master filmmaker", who directed hit films like Harold and Maude, Being There, The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Coming Home. The film is made up of rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings. And examines Hel's clash 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." This looks so groovy & inspiring.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Amy Scott's documentary Hal, direct from YouTube:

Hal Documentary Poster

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce. Hal is directed by American editor-filmmaker Amy Scott, who has been working as a documentary editor for years, now making her feature directorial debut (and she also edited this film). This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at the Cleveland, Montclair, Chicago Critics, Edinburgh, and Traverse City Film Festivals. Oscilloscope Labs will release Scott's Hal in select theaters starting September 7th. For more, visit the official website. Who's interested in watching?

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Film is a passion, I get that. But not from the both sides of the camera. Making film and seeing a film makes different kind of people. I saw some of his films, but somehow, I get to be less and less interested in authors (whether they're being directors, actors, screenwriters or whoever), but in the whole process of film making... So, I probably won't watch this, but who knows ...

shiboleth on Aug 17, 2018


Looks great! Before there were hipsters there were just passionate, niche guys.

DAVIDPD on Aug 17, 2018


Ashby was a very talented editor and cut 3 films for Norman Jewison such as The Cincinnati Kid and Thomas Crown affair, both with McQueen, and the great In The Heat of the Night. Then he started directing and Alex mentions the wonderful films he directed above. Talented guy who had to fight tooth and toe nail with the studio heads just to do good work. Which he did. Talented guy and glad to see he's getting some recognition with this film about him. Now, you see kitano? I can tell by viewing this trailer that they achieved what their ideas were regarding the subject and look forward to seeing this documentary film on the great, Hal Ashby. All from just viewing the trailer. Pretty easy for me, as it most always teasing you, kitano. Peace, man. I keep getting switched back and forth from Bo to I'm

Tombo on Aug 17, 2018


Hi, Tombo! Yes, that was a good trailer. Hal Ashby has always been one of my favorites...I've seen most of his movies, with Being There and Harold and Maude being my favorites. His use of music in Coming Home is outstanding.

kitano0 on Aug 18, 2018

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