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Taylor Hackford: KCET Was My Film School

Director Taylor Hackford got his start in media at KCET ... in the mailroom.

After graduating from USC in the late 1960s, he went to Bolivia to serve in the Peace Corps. His fascination with film led him to purchase his first Super 8 camera, and when he returned to California, he decided to pursue a career in media instead of law. He may have started in the mailroom, but Hackford's passion for film eventually got noticed. It wasn't long before he was producing and directing on his own.

His award winning film on poet Charles Bukowski was recently revived from our archives as part of "Artbound's" flashback series.

Hackford is truly one of KCET's pioneers.

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