Both a feature and documentary filmmaker, George Hickenlooper
most recent film was the Golden Globe nominated THE BIG BRASS RING, which he adapted from an Orson Welles
screenplay. The critically acclaimed film starred William Hurt
, Nigel Hawthorne
, Miranda Richardson
and Irene Jacob. He also wrote and directed DOGTOWN, starring Mary Stuart Masterson
, Jon Favreau
and Natasha Gregson Wagner
, and THE LOW LIFE, starring Kyra Sedgwick
and Sean Astin
. In addition, he directed PERSONS UNKNOWN, and SOME FOLKS CALL IT A SLING BLADE, the critically acclaimed, award winning short which inspired Billy Bob Thornton
's Oscar-winning feature SLING BLADE.
Among Hickenlooper's highly regarded documentaries are MAYOR OF SUNSET STRIP, about Southern California music legend Rodney Bingenheimer, the Emmy Award winning HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMAKER'S APOCALYPSE, about the making of the film APOCALYPSE NOW, MONTE HELLMAN: AMERICAN AUTEUR, PICTURE THIS: THE TIMES OF PETER BOGDANOVICH IN ARCHER CITY, TEXAS, and ART, ACTING AND THE SUICIDE CHAIR: DENNIS HOPPER. A 1986 graduate of Yale University, he is also the author of the book Reel Conversations, a collection of interviews with directors and critics.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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