Donald G. Jackson
24 April 1943 - 20 October 2003
Here is a photo of Donald G. Jackson that I took on his 60th Birthday, (his last birthday), at a location where many of the Republic Serials of the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's were filmed.
Donald G. Jackson was diagnosed with leukemia in 1995. The doctors told him he had anywhere from six month to six years to live. He beat the odds, however, and lived, while continuing to make films, for the next eight years.
Approximately three months before Don's passing he asked me to take him to the U.C.L.A. Medical Center — he was in terrible pain. For the next two months U.C.L.A. did a great job of taking care of him. He was allowed to return home for a short period of time, but the almost daily trips to the hospitable, to check on the condition of his blood, really took their toll on him. He was readmitted and passed away approximately two weeks later, at 3:00 PM on 20 October 2003. He is survived by his wife Janet and his daughter Marty.
Certainly, Don will be remembered as an inspiration to the independent filmmaking industry. He was a filmmaker right up to the end. While he was in the hospitable I would film him as he would give updates on his condition, reflect on his realizations about life, and discuss his understanding of filmmaking.
Prior to his passing, Don assigned All Rights, Title, and Interest to all of his films to me. He also gave me all of his years of film footage — footage that he shot individually and footage that we shot as a team. These actions were taken in order to make sure that his filmmaking legacy would not be lost.
Through the years we worked together Don and I had shot many films that were only partially completed and/or where never edited. Since his passing, I have continued to complete these movies in order that his filmmaking legacy may live on.
Trash Times, an Indie-Cult film magazine based in France, did an interview with Don just before his passing. Though the interview is published in French, Don felt Guillaume Richard, the Editor of the magazine, asked him some of the best questions he had ever been asked in an interview. CLICK HERE to read the English version of the Interview.
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Here are two photographs of a young Donald G. Jackson:
Here is Don Jackson with Jim Cameron when Don was filming parts of the film, Terminator: