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Who Needs Sleep?" Documentary by Haskell Wexler
Who Needs Sleep?" Documentary by Haskell Wexler

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Leading cinematographer Haskell Wexler, ASC, wrote and directed this documentary exploring the troubling and unregulated working conditions for below-the-line crew on film sets, who routinely work sweatshop hours, often clocking 15 to 18 hour days at the expense of their families, their health, their well-being, and even their lives.

In 1997, after a 19-hour day on the set, assistant cameraman Brent Hershman fell asleep behind the wheel, crashed his car, and died. Deeply disturbed by Hershman's preventable death, filmmaker and cinematographer Haskell Wexler shows how sleep deprivation and long work hours are a lethal combination.


Written and Directed by Haskell Wexler. Producer: Tamara M. Maloney. Producer's Associate: Kinga Dobos. Editors: Lisa Leeman, Tamara Maloney. Music: Greg Landau.