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RIP Tim Hetherington

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Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Restrepo co-directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington for Reverse Shot Video’s Direct Address series. Hetherington in particular I found to be charming, passionate, and remarkably insightful about how his work as a still photographer had guided his forst foray into feature filmmaking. I remember his discomfort looking into the lens–he politely asked if he could look at me when answering questions, saying with a laugh that he preferred eye contact and “human engagement.” His thoughts on war and the dangers of his profession were deeply felt, I thought; he was a thinker, and anything but arrogant or cavalier about the career path he was on, so it was especially grieving to hear earlier today that he had been killed by mortar fire in Misrata, Libya. Although much of our interview was compressed and heavily edited to accommodate Junger’s thoughts in the same clip, I think what he does say about how he approaches his work from an emotional place, to better understand and convey honestly the experiences of soldiers at war, speaks poignantly to the shocking suddenness of his death. He will be missed.

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Written by eyemaster

April 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm