Hal Hartley: What really distinguishes Purchase, and makes it one of the most important film schools in the country, is its position as a working-class film school. It is one of the only places where blue-collar, lower-middle-class kids can go to study film.
Hal Hartley: I want to look at things with a fresh angle so that the angle speaks, as [do] the words the people are saying in that angle.... (more Hal Hartley quotes)
He studied film under the noted director/editor Aram Avakian.
Hal's short films Dogs and The Cartographer's Girlfriend was made with very limited resources. He used borrowed cameras and outdated film stock.
Hal often uses Long Island, New York as location for his films. Another trademark for his films is his use of the same actors repeatedly.
Hal is one of the pioneers of the independent film movement.
In the years 1977-78, he studied at the Massachusetts College Of Art in ... (more Hal Hartley trivia)