Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) (1966) and Bound for Glory(1976) (1976). He also shot much of Days of Heaven (1978) (1978), for which credited director of photography Nestor Almendros -- who was losing his eye-sight, won a Best Cinematography Oscar that Wexler feels should have been jointly shared by both. In 1993, Wexler was awarded a Lifetime Achivement award by the cinematographer's guild, the American Society of Cinematographers. He received five Oscar nominations for his cinematography, in total, plus one Emmy Award in a career that has spanned six decades. Now 86 years old, Wexler was active as recently as 2007.
In addition to his masterful cinematography, Wexler directed the seminal late Sixties filmMedium Cool (1969) and has directed and/or shot many documentaries that display his progressive political views. He was the subject of a 2004 documentary shot by his sonMark Wexler, Tell Them Who You Are (2004).
Kaiulani Lee as Rachel Carson
Kaiulani Lee has more than thirty-five years of experience in theater, film and television. Ms. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and Off- Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement.” Ms. Lee has guest starred in numerous television series from “The Walton's” to “Law and Order.” Her film work began with “The World According to Garp” and has continued through “A Civil Action” and “A Bird of the Air.” She portrayed Martha Ballard in the critically-acclaimed PBS film "A Midwife’s Tale."
For the past twenty-two years Kaiulani has been performing her one-woman play, A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and works of Rachel Carson. The play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. She has performed it at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, at the Department of Interior’s 150th anniversary, and in 2007 performed on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress. A Sense of Wonder has played in every Provence of Canada, in England, Italy, India, and Japan.
In 2007, Bill Moyer's celebrated Ms Lee's work with an hour-long interview on Bill Moyer's Journal." A Sense of Wonder" was later filmed by award winning cinematographer, Haskel Wexler, featured at film festivals across the U.S. Canada and Japan and aired nationally on PBS.
In 2011, Miss Lee's second play, "Can't Scare Me...The Story of Mother Jones," opened at the Atlas Theater in Washington D.C. Kaiulani now tours both plays nationally and internationally.
Ms. Lee earned her B.A. from American University, and studied acting with Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Jerzy Grotowski. She has been a full time adjunct professor at George Mason University from 1997 to the present. She taught at NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film and Television for four years and for the past twenty years has taught master classes at universities across the country.
Kaiulani is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates from Bowden and Unity Colleges, for her contribution to and excellence in the arts.