Blaze director on why it’s time for us all to act like grownups and demand integrity from our elected officials By Ethan Hawke, Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 Tweet print write a letter Ethan Hawke on the set of Blaze (Photo by Courtney Jones) Maybe it’s because I was born here. Maybe it’s because so much of the best of my work life has originated from this city, maybe its because I’ve had articles from the Chronicle taped to my fridge since I had my own apartment, but the privilege of being the guest editor of The Austin Chronicle is deeply meaningful to me. This summer I have two very personal films coming out. Blaze is about a singer-songwriter, Blaze Foley, who died in the same hospital where I was born. Much of this issue is inspired by my experience directing that film. The other, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, completes a family mission – with me finally wearing a cleric’s collar. When I was born in Austin in 1970 my parents were UT students living in a garage apartment on the grounds of the Episcopal seminary on East 32nd Street. According to family lore, my great-grandmother considered this to be a… Read full this story
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