Medium Cool is an American film written and directed by Haskell Wexler in 1968.
It deliberately blurs the line between fact and fiction. The film questions the role and responsibilities of television and its news broadcasts, it plays around with the ethics of representation and explores theories of the media, while covering the cultural transformation and revolutionary situations of the time: the antiwar riots and protests surrounding the National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party in Chicago, 1968.
John Cassellis is a television news cameraman, by chance he meets Eileen, a single mother whose husband is in Vietnam. The fictional story and real-life events merge. There are fictional characters in real situations and there are real characters in fictional situations. There are real Black militants and there are fake riots, and all the while "the whole world is watching".
This screening is part of #RFN68 - the Radical Film Network's festival marking 50 years since May 1968 - a time of incredible social, political and cultural upheaval. www.radicalfilmnetwork.com
Dir. Haskell Wexler
1969 | USA | 2 hours 24 minutes (plus short interval)