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Alec Baldwin Fires Prop Gun on Set, Killing Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and Injuring Director

HeadlineOct 22, 2021

In New Mexico, actor Alec Baldwin was questioned by police after he discharged a prop firearm on a movie set, killing the director of photography Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. The cast and crew were filming a Western called “Rust.” The news was met with shock in Hollywood and an outpouring of tributes for 42-year-old Hutchins, a rising star in an industry where women cinematographers are still vastly underrepresented. Halyna Hutchins was from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. Earlier this week, Hutchins reposted a photo on Instagram of the “Rust” crew on set, with a message of solidarity with the IATSE union struggle.

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