George Hickenlooper

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A fiercely independent filmmaker whose best work focused on larger-than-life figures, George Hickenlooper directed such notable pictures as "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" (1991), "The Man from Elysian ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Director (12)

Casino Jack 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man From Elysian Fields 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Dogtown 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Monte Hellman: American Auteur 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Low Life 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ghost Brigade 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

The Big Brass Ring (TV Show)

Director
Producer (5)

Canvas 2007 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Ghosts of Cite Soleil 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Secrets of the Code 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Low Life 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dogtown 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Low Life 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (3)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sour Death Balls 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Persons Unknown (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (1)

Vital Signs 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Field Producer
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

A fiercely independent filmmaker whose best work focused on larger-than-life figures, George Hickenlooper directed such notable pictures as "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" (1991), "The Man from Elysian Fields" (2001), "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" (2003) and "Casino Jack" (2010). A devoted fan of classic cinema, Hickenlooper was drawn to the dreamers and rogues who populated the real-life stories behind great films, profiling such leading directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Monte Hellman, among others. His fascination with outsiders translated into his dramatic filmmaking as well, though with less effective results. His most accomplished picture in this vein was the bittersweet "Man from Elysian Fields," with Andy Garcia as a writer reduced to working as a gigolo. Hickenlooper endured studio interference and audience indifference with remarkable aplomb, making him a hero of the indie set; his sudden death in 2010 robbed the motion picture business of one of its most fearless chroniclers.

Relationships

George Hickenlooper

Father
Appeared in "The Big Brass Ring"

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Milestones

2010

Directed final film, "Casino Jack," starring Kevin Spacey as Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff"; film released 2 months after his death

2007

Helmed the film "Factory Girl," starring Sienna Miller as mid-sixties socialite and Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick

2003

Directed the documentary "Mayor of the Sunset Strip", about the history of fame through the eyes of musicans; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best documentary

2001

Directed "The Man From Elysian Fields", produced by and starring Andy Garcia; screened at Toronto

1999

Helmed and rewrote script for "Big Brass Ring", based on an original unproduced screenplay written by Orson Welles in the early 1980s; shown at film festivals before premiering on the Showtime cable network

1997

Wrote and directed feature film "Dogtown"

1997

Was field producer on segments for ABC TV series "Vital Signs"

1994

Co-produced, edited and directed the short "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade", written by and starring Billy Bob Thornton; forerunner of the Thornton-directed feature "Sling Blade"

1993

Directed feature film "The Ghost Brigade"

1991

Wrote and co-directed with Eleanor Coppola "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse", a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"

1987

Made film "Newark Needs Insurance"; nominated for a Student Academy Award

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