Family and Friends of “Rust” Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins Plan Private Ceremony


Family members and close friends of “Rust” Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins will gather for a private ceremony.

“Halyna was the love of my life, and our loss of her has devastated our family’s dreams,” her husband, Matthew Hutchins, said in a statement. “We feel the silence of his disappearance forever as a suffocating stillness in our home.”

Hutchins did not specify the day of the ceremony, but it is expected to take place this weekend. During the ceremony, the ashes of the late director of photography will be buried in an undisclosed location.

“Our love and adoration for her grows as we tell her story, and we hope her work can inspire filmmakers and storytellers around the world,” said Hutchins. “We thank the many generous supporters who have been so caring during this time of loss.”

Halyna Hutchins, 42, the director of photography for “Rust”, was shot dead by a propeller pistol fired by producer and actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the film in October. Director Joel Souza has been injured and is recovering.

According to a search warrant, Baldwin was unaware that the gun he fired contained live ammunition, nor did the deputy warden who gave it to him.

Before filming, assistant director Dave Halls shouted “Cold gun” to indicate that the prop gun did not have live ammunition, according to an affidavit filed in New Mexico, where the film was being shot.

Halyna Hutchins’ tombstone.Matt hutchins

Sources familiar with the situation previously said the propeller pistol had misfired on set before. An accessory maker who previously worked with Halls claimed it allowed unsafe working conditions in earlier productions.

Halls has not commented publicly on the allegations, and Rust Movie Productions has said he is not aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or props on set.

No charges have been laid and the investigation into the shooting continues.

Hutchins was originally from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She worked as an investigative journalist in Europe before moving to Los Angeles to make films, according to her website.

She graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015 and was selected as one of the rising stars of American cinematography in 2019, according to the site.


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