Filmmaker George Hickenlooper, cousin of Denver’s mayor, found dead

George Hickenlooper (May 25, 1963 – October 29, 2010) was an American narrative and documentary filmmaker.

His first feature-length documentary, Hearts of Darkness, explored the making of Apocalypse Now. It won several awards, including the National Board of Review award for "Best Documentary", an American Cinema Editors award for "Best Edited Documentary", two Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards for "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Directing" and "Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming – Picture Editing", and the International Documentary Association award. Hickenlooper himself won an Emmy for direction.

George Hickenlooper’s cousin, John Hickenlooper, is the mayor of Denver, Colorado and who made a cameo appearance as a fictional senator in Hickenlooper’s 2010 film Casino Jack.

In addition to his films, Hickenlooper authored a 1991 book, Reel Conversations.

Death of George Hickenlooper
Hickenlooper died in his sleep on October 29, 2010. He apparently died of natural causes; foul play is not suspected. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, son Charles, a younger brother, and his mother and father.  George Hickenlooper was 47 years old at the time of his death