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Who Needs Sleep?


4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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

Ahhh... the glamorous life in Hollywood. Or is it? Film crews 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 multiple-Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler shows how sleep deprivation and long work hours are a lethal combination. WHO NEEDS SLEEP? is a commentary on our quality of life.


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  • Directors: Haskell Wexler
  • Producers: Tamara M. Maloney
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: CustomFlix
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000G1TQ8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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