Come meet, greet and get stuff signed by Acclaimed Director/Writer Walter Hill on Saturday, April 8th at 2PM.
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WALTER HILL – DIRECTOR/WRITER
During the course of his notable career, Walter Hill has been a writer, director and producer on projects ranging from classic westerns to action-packed thrillers and buddy comedies, all marked with his unique visceral style. A veteran director of twenty feature films, he has also made a successful foray into television, having worked on a variety of projects, receiving both the Emmy ® and DGA Awards in 2005 for the pilot of the groundbreaking neo-western DEADWOOD. His overall work ranges from intimate character studies to full-blown blockbusters, and he has been critically praised for being equally adept at both.
Hill directed AMC’s acclaimed Emmy ® Award-winning debut television movie, BROKEN TRAIL, chronicling a story of five lost immigrant women and their trail driving rescuers during the waning days of America’s West. This critically lauded film starred Oscar ®-winner Robert Duvall and Oscar ®- nominee Thomas Haden Church and premiered on AMC in June 2006 to record-breaking numbers for the network. Hill received the DGA Award for his work on behalf of Broken Trail which was nominated for 16 Emmy ® Awards and won for Outstanding Miniseries, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor and Casting. Hill received an Emmy ® Award for producing and was nominated for Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.
Hill’s career began in the early 1970s with screenplay credits for THE GETAWAY starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, and THE DROWNING POOL starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. In 1975, he made his directorial debut with HARD TIMES, a Depression-era street fighting drama starring Charles Bronson and James Coburn. From there, Hill chose a succession of projects that found both cult and mainstream audiences.
In 1979, Hill co-produced the science fiction blockbuster ALIEN, starring Sigourney Weaver, and served as producer or executive producer on the three sequels of the legendary film series. Among his other credits, Hill directed the smash hits 48 HRS. and ANOTHER 48 HRS., both starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. With these films and others such as THE WARRIORS, SOUTHERN COMFORT (starring Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe), LAST MAN STANDING (Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern and Christopher Walken), and JOHNNY HANDSOME (Mickey Rourke and Morgan Freeman), he became known as one of the foremost action filmmakers in Hollywood. Hill began his exploration of the American western in 1980 when he directed the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm nominee THE LONG RIDERS starring David and Keith Carradine, James and Stacy Keach, Randy and Dennis Quaid, Chris and Nicholas Guest. This film marked the beginning of Hill’s western trilogy, which continued with GERONIMO starring Jason Patric, Wes Studi and Gene Hackman, and ended in 1995 with WILD BILL, which starred Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin and John Hurt.
Other film credits for Hill include STREETS OF FIRE starring Michael Pare´, Diane Lane and Willem Dafoe; BREWSTER’S MILLIONS starring Richard Pryor and John Candy and most recently BULLET TO THE HEAD starring Sylvester Stallone. For television, Hill was executive producer of the Emmy ® nominated series TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Hill most recently directed the neo-noir thriller THE ASSIGNMENT which he co-wrote with Denis Hamill. THE ASSIGNMENT stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia. In addition to his work in the cinema, Hill has also written two graphic novels which have been published in France (Balles Perdues, Corps Et Âme), the second of which served as the basis for THE ASSIGNMENT.
For his worldwide contributions to film culture, Hill has received retrospectives at Cinematheque in Paris (2005), The Torino Film Festival (2005), the British Film Institute (1991), and The Pacific Film Archives at the University of California (Berkeley, 2007). He was also honored with film retrospectives by the Munich Film Festival (2014), the San Sebastian Film Festival (2011) and the American Cinematheque (2006). Hill received the Maverick Director Award at the Rome Film Festival in 2012. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award and retrospectives at the Savannah Film Festival (2006), and at the Maine International Film Festival (2006). Hill won the critics’ prize as Best Director at the Cognac Film Festival in 1983 with 48 Hrs. The Torino Film Festival honored Hill and Broken Trail for Best Film and Best Director with the Film Critica Bastone Bianco Prize in 2007. Hill was the recipient of two Golden Boot Awards, one on behalf of Broken Trail, the other for lifetime achievement; he has twice won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for his work on GERONIMO and for BROKEN TRAIL. Other awards include: Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979), the Cable Ace Award as Best Director of a Series (Tales From the Crypt, ‘Deadline’), Best Director of the Year Award – Motion Picture, Kinema Jumpo (1983, Japan) and the Amadeo Lyra Award for Lifetime Achievement in Filmmaking from the International Thriller Film Festival (2014, France).
Walter Hill was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He and his wife Hildy are longtime residents of Beverly Hills.
About The Assignment:
The Assignment is a crime noir thriller from the team of critically acclaimed Hard Case Crime series Triggerman – written by Walter Hill (director of The Warriors, 48 Hours), Matz (Triggerman), and illustrated by Jef (Triggerman).
Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts, takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank awakens in an altered condition – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…
Feature film The Assignment is being released in theatres by Saban Films on April 7.