Kent MacKenzie | 1961 |
Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie present Kent Mackenzie's American Indie classic THE EXILES, a Milestone Films release. A story of American Indians eking out a living in the long-lost community of Bunker Hill in Los Angeles, the film premieres July 11, 2008 at New York's IFC Center. VISIT THE WEBSITE
Born to an American father and an English mother in Hampstead, London, England on April 6, 1930, Kent Mackenzie first attended an English public school, The Hall, where he had "the-old-school-tie" upbringing. His father, Dewitt Mackenzie, was the head of the London Bureau of the Associated Press during the 1930's. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Dewitt Mackenzie settled in New York as a Foreign News Analyst for AP. After being shuttled back and forth across the Atlantic five times before he was nine years old, Kent settled into grammar school in Bronxville, NY. He completed his high school education at Bronxville High, and matriculated to Dartmouth College in the fall of 1947.
At Dartmouth, Kent majored in English Literature and found his interest in motion pictures stimulated by a professor of English Drama, Benfield Pressey, who had recently spent a summer in Hollywood watching films in production. Pressey initiated a course in film writing at the college, which Kent attended.