Cinematographers guild holds vigil for Halyna Hutchins Saturday

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A candlelight vigil is being put on by Local 600, the International Cinematographers Guild for Saturday evening to remember Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Hutchins died on Thursday after she was fatally shot by actor Alec Baldwin with a prop gun on the set of the film Rust near Santa Fe.


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The name Halyna Hutchins rang throughout Civic Plaza Saturday night. As hundreds of people gathered with candles and signs remembering the cinematographer.

“She had a bright future, and it’s always interesting to me because it’s so clear that she had a bright presence and she had a big effect with all the people that she worked with,” John Lindley, President of Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.

Local 600 hosted the candlelight vigil, just days removed from Hutchins’ tragic death on Thursday. Court records reveal actor Alec Baldwin was handed a loaded prop gun by an assistant director who indicated it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot Hutchins in the chest on the set of “Rust,” a western being filmed in Santa Fe. According to a search warrant, the assistant director did not know the prop gun was loaded with live rounds.

“Her death shouldn’t have happened, union sets should be safe sets, every person deserves to go to work with complete security knowing they can perform their work and return home safely,” said Liz Pecos, Local 480 President of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees   

None of Hutchins’ family could attend Saturday’s event. But one of her friends on the crew of “Rust” took to the mic. “She’s a wonderful wife and just a wonderful soul,” Lane Looper. “And I really hope more people like her exist.”

The cinematographers guild has also set up a GoFundMe to help raise funds for Hutchin’s family.

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