Gary Graver, an ambitious young cinematographer who cold-called Orson Welles one day in 1970 and began a long working collaboration between the two, has passed away from cancer at age 68, according to the LA Times. Graver worked on many of Welles' vanity projects from his frozen peas era, including the documentaries F for Fake, Filming Othello and It's All True, as well as the unfinished project The Other Side of the Wind, which to my knowledge is nothing more than a lot of incoherent rambling between John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich and Orson's Yoko, Oja Kodar. In between conspiring with Welles on these experimental films, Graver briefly made some headway towards a mainstream career as a Hollywood cinematographer. He became the lenser on a number of down and dirty films like Deathsport, Grand Theft Auto, The Attic, and a remake of Stagecoach with country stars Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

Graver also amassed a portfolio of directorial credits so long that the law of probability suggests some of them are actually good films. In the lean years, he also helmed titles likeOral Majority 9 andDouble Penetration 5 under the nom de guerre Robert McCallum. By all accounts, Graver seems to have known his way around a camera and demonstrated enough natural talent to catch the eye of many cinema veterans. And through it all, his devotion to Welles never wavered. In his later years, Graver reportedly kept with him a portfolio of film clips he called "The Unseen Welles" and was negotiating with Showtime to prepare The Other Side of the Wind for a screening on that network.

You can read more about Graver's life and work on his personal website, which is today carrying news of his death.

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