2018 | USA | NR | 90 min.


Bijou by the Bay Fri, Aug 3, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:90 min.
Premiere Status:Northern Michigan Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Amy Scott
Produced by:Lisa Janssen
Christine Beebe
Jonathan Lynch
Brian Morrow
Cinematography:Jonathon Narducci
Adam Michael Becker
Alexandre Naufel
Editing By:Amy Scott
Sean Jarrett
Cast:Jeff Bridges
Jane Fonda


When we think of the iconic filmmaking style of 1970s New Hollywood, our minds often go to the marquee names of Coppola or Scorsese. But perhaps no one was more emblematic of that legendary era than Hal Ashby, maverick director of zeitgeist classics like Harold and Maude, Shampoo, Coming Home (also at TCFF 2018!), and Being There. Sadly, Ashby’s subsequent battles with studios in the 1980s, his own personal demons, and his untimely death from cancer have obscured his name from history. Hal succeeds not just as a lovingly detailed portrayal, but also as an important reclamation and redemption project, emphasizing not the controversies, but rather the stunning body of socially conscious work left behind. Through interviews with Ashby collaborators like Jane Fonda and Dustin Hoffman—and with those he influenced, like Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne, and David O. Russell—an all-time great vividly emerges.