Rest In Peace, L.M. Kit Carson, Icon of Independent Cinema

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This morning, we learned the heartbreaking news that groundbreaking director, writer, actor, producer, and father L.M. Kit Carson has passed away at the age of 73. As one of the most influential independent American voices in cinema, his career was fascinatingly broad, bringing to life some of the most beloved collaborations of the last half-century. From Jim McBride’s brilliant black-and-white fake documentary David Holzman’s Diary (which to co-wrote and starred in) and his documentary The American Dreamer which chronicled Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie to his experience writing the masterpiece that is Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas alongside Sam Shepard (starring his son Hunter) and his fearless re-imagining of Breathless, not to mention his work as a champion and producer for then unknown filmmaker Wes Anderson on Bottle Rocket, Carson’s eclectic career was an impressive and inspiring mix that paved the way for so many after him. 

On his Facebook page this morning, Hunter Carson wrote:

RIP dad. Your light was and always will brighten the pathways of our future. It will never be extinguished. You did everything the way you wanted and never let anyone else do less than they were capable of doing. You mentored, taught, learned, fought, excelled as both athlete and student. I loved and loved and will love every moment we spent together. Thanks for everything. See you in the movies.

Our thoughts go out to Hunter and his family.

So today, in honor of the iconic filmmaker’s supreme work, let’s take a look back on some of the beautiful movies graced with that particular Kit Carson touch.

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PARIS, TEXAS (1984)

Watch the full movie on Hulu.

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BREATHLESS (1983)

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THE AMERICAN DREAMER (1971)

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BOTTLE ROCKET (1996)

Watch the full movie on Netflix.

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DAVID HOLZMAN’S DIARY (1967)

Watch the full movie on Netflix.