Legends of Baja
In 1969 Steve McQueen and James Garner entered an off-road race in Baja, California, Mexico. It has come to be known as the longest, toughest and most dangerous race in the world, The Mexican 1000. More than 200 people entered the race, but less than half would finish & some would pay with their lives. This recently unearthed 16mm film shows a glimpse of a bygone era and features not only movie stars, but notable racers of the time like Parnelli Jones, Bruce Meyers & Rod Hall. Today 3 generations of racers, with dust in their veins, come back to Baja year after year to test their skills and machines on the punishing desert course.
A native of Los Angeles, Jack Cooperman, ASC developed an interest in theatrical lighting and set design in high school. He then focused on these specialties while attending the University of Southern California and its Drama Department. Jack began his career as a Lighting Designer for plays and operas. From there he went on to shoot documentaries and feature films. He then worked on many high-profile commercials and feature films. During the 1970s, he earned a reputation as a versatile visual effects cameraman with a special talent for underwater, aerial and miniature cinematography. A short list of Cooperman's special photographic credits includes: Titanic, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Trek IV, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Contender, Death Becomes Her, Big Trouble in Little China, Hook and Top Gun. His work on the visual effects photography for the movies BlueThunder and War Games were both considered for Academy Awards, with the latter earning a BAFTA nomination. Jack Cooperman was the Director of Special Visual Effects Photography for the miniseries Winds of War, which won an Emmy in that category. Cooperman's cinematography credits also include episodes of the classic TV series Hill Street Blues. Presently his work can be seen in several of Disney World's Epcot Center Pavilions. Highlights of his career include service as Vice-President of the American Society of Cinematographers, and being chosen to participate in the selection of the first films to be put on the Library of Congress National Film Preservation List.
Documentary, Short, Action