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Oscar Winner Haskell Wexler Documents Occupy LA

Yesterday, we told you about the Occupy LA broadcast news coverage efforts of Margot Paez, a 27-year-old journalist posting daily video updates under the moniker of Insight Out News. Today, thanks to a piece in the LA Times by freelance writer Steve Appleford, it’s time to highlight the very opposite end of the protest media equation.

Not only is Haskell Wexler a whole lot older (89); he’s also, thanks to cinematography for 1967′s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and 1976′s Bound for Glory, a two-time Academy Award winner. In addition to posting short online interview vignettes, Wexler’s fall sojourn will be part of a much larger feature-length project:

Documentary filmmakers Alan Barker and Joan Churchill (pictured) have accompanied Wexler on a couple of his trips to Occupy LA, as part of their three-year project about the cinematographer, and have watched his particular interviewing style. Barker says that Wexler’s “activism has been continuous his whole life” but that he often challenges protesters to explain their positions.

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Grassroots TV Reporter Keeping Tabs on Occupy Los Angeles

There’s a whole lot going on at Occupy Los Angeles beyond mainstream media coverage points such as yesterday’s Westwood-Wilshire standoff and the possibility of downtown eviction. For FishbowlLA’s Federal Reserve-backed tender, one of the best ways to keep up with the historic on-the-ground developments are the daily video dispatches of Margot Paez.

Just this week, under her great moniker “Insight Out News,” Paez and crew have captured a surprise drop-in visit from Bill Maher, another appearance by the Reverend Jesse Jackson and more. Her reports are long, but that’s another advantage of running your own broadcast operation; there’s no media-money exec(s) telling a reporter what to cut:

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