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Hugh A. Robertson (May 28, 1932 – January 10, 1988) was an American
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, born in
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, of Jamaican parents. While Robertson was credited as an editor for only three films, ''
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-1969) earned him the
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and a nomination for the
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, making him the first African American person to be nominated for an Oscar in the editing category. Robertson subsequently edited
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'' (1971), which was his last credit as a film editor. By this time Robertson had turned to directing. In addition to television programs and documentaries, he directed the feature ''
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'' (1972). He spent most of his remaining life in Trinidad and Tobago. There he produced and directed the film ''Bim'' (1975) and ran a filmmaking school. He returned to the United States in 1986.


References


Further reading

* Editor Jim Clark (film editor), Jim Clark also worked on ''Midnight Cowboy'' as a "creative consultant", and writes about the editing of the film in his 2012 memoir.


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* African-American film directors 1932 births 1988 deaths People from Brooklyn Best Editing BAFTA Award winners Film directors from New York City American film editors 20th-century African-American people {{US-film-director-1930s-stub