Cinematographer Haskell Wexler made a stunning debut as a feature director with Medium Cool, a film about the 1968 anti-Vietnam protests during the Democratic National Convention. In the movie’s biggest coup, Wexler and his cast—which features Robert Forester and Verna Bloom—actually filmed during the real life protests. In other words, neither the police smashing skulls of student protesters, nor the protesters themselves, are background extras.
Medium Cool blurs the line between fiction and reality into a shocking and horrific film about protests and violence. In the era of anti-Trump, Medium Cool reminds those who would fight back against his bigotry and cronyism of the importance of maintaining a peaceful protest atmosphere and that in a moment of crisis, those fighting for justice cannot back down.