The Cool School (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

The Cool School 2007

Directed by Morgan Neville

The emergence and impact of the beat-era LA art scene is examined in this lively documentary. "Smart, jazzy and unafraid to deflate egos... a fast-paced, finely critical study." — Time Out NY

USA In English
86 minutes 35mm / Colour and B&W

Director

Screenplay

Morgan Neville
,
Kristine McKenna

Photography

Morgan Neville
,
Dylan Robertson
,
Chris Perkel

Editors

Dylan Robertson
,
Chris Perkel

Music

Dan Crane
,
William Ungerman

Narrator

Jeff Bridges

With

Ed Ruscha
,
Frank Gehry
,
Billy Al Bengston
,
Dennis Hopper
,
Dean Stockwell

Festivals

London 2007

Elsewhere

"Filmmaker and Los Angeles resident Morgan Neville explores the emergence and impact of the beat-era LA art scene. Delving into the archives, Neville assembles a wonderful collage of footage to create a vivid picture both of the art world in the late 50s and early 60s and of the broader culture of LA itself. This is judiciously contextualised by up-to-date interviews with the artists, curators and collectors who together shaped this influential, vividly American intervention, and whose creativity and insight should lay to rest the cliché of LA as cultural wasteland. Those on camera include artists Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Billy Al Bengston, Walter Hopps (of the hugely significant Ferus gallery), Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell and Frank Gehry." — Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival

"Smart, jazzy and unafraid to deflate egos, Morgan Neville's fast-paced, finely critical study makes for a pungent intro to a movement now esteemed as a key alternative to the New York Abstract Expressionist stranglehold." — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY