Director Released From Hospital After Being Shot on Baldwin Film
Joel Souza has been a writer or director on six low-budget independent films over the past decade.
Joel Souza, the ‘Rust’ director, is released from hospital after being shot on set.
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By Glenn Thrush
Oct. 22, 2021, 11:31 a.m. ET
Director Joel Souza — who was shot Thursday during an incident on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film “Rust” — was released from a hospital in New Mexico late Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a person with knowledge of his condition.
Mr. Sousa, 48, was rushed to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after Mr. Baldwin fired a gun used as a prop, which killed the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, according to police.
The person, who works with the production company, requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the case publicly.
“Director Joel Souza told me he’s out of hospital,” Frances Fisher, an actress in the movie, wrote on Twitter early Friday, in response to reports that Mr. Souza might have been seriously injured.
The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.
Mr. Souza, who lives in the San Francisco area, has been a writer or director on six relatively low-budget independent films over the past decade, most recently directing the 2019 movie “Crown Vic,” which followed the story of Los Angeles Police Department officers as they patrolled the city responding to a range of violent incidents.
In a May 2019 interview, Mr. Souza spoke at length about how closely he worked with that film’s director of photography, Thomas Scott Stanton, to to make on-the-fly adjustments when actors improvised.
“I sort of storyboard everything, I’m obsessive about that,” he said, adding that the two of them often threw out their plans “to fly by the seat of our pants.”
His first directorial credit, according to the movie database site IMDB, came in 2017, on a low-budget crime drama, Break Night.