As Kevin Thomas noted in the New York Times, Waco; The Rules of Engagement is a
"meticulously detailed, step by step and terrifyingly persuasive all-out attack on
government agencies and officials for their handling of the siege of the Branch Davidian
at Waco, Texas."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated this shocking film for Best
Documentary. The film argues that the FBI machine-gunned the Branch Davidians and
committed numerous other right violations there. The nomination caps a long list of
"itís an understatement to say that the film is
This full length documentary presents the complete picture of the tragic series of
events outside Waco that resulted in the shooting of four federal agents and the gassing
and fiery deaths of 76 men, women and children in February 1993. The film raises serious
doubts about some aspects of the FBIís version of the story. It provides an
opportunity to review the historical record of events at a time when government agencies
and police around the world Ė Australia included - are having to deal with explosive
situations, often beyond their emotional and intellectual capabilities.
Thomas, writing at the time of the filmís US release (itís taken 18 months to
reach Australia) says "itís an understatement to say that the film is
provocative in every sense of the word." This, despite the fact that filmmaker
William Gazecki maintains a calm, detached tone throughout, which allows us to judge
everyone, including Branch Davidian leader David Koresh, for ourselves.
The powerful look and feel of the film is due in large part to the editing artistry of
Emmy Award-winner, William Gazecki.
In addition to his skill as a video editor, Gazecki brought to the project a talented
ear for dramatic, gripping sound. A specialist in the field of post-production sound
mixing, it was in the area that he won an Emmy Award for the hit television series St.
Elsewhere. He also received Emmy nominations for his work on Hill Street Blues,
thirtysomething and Moonlighting. His work on thirtysomething brought him an International
Monitor Award in 1987. He has also been honoured by the Cinema Audio Society and the
Society of Motion Picture Sound Editors.
Gazecki developed his keen ear in the music business. At the age of 20, he was hired by
prominent record producer Richard Perry. Early on, he worked with such major artists as
Fleetwood Mac, Leo Sayer and Joe Cocker. Along with music pioneer Paul A. Rothchild, he
completed the successful sound track and record album of the feature film The Rose
starring Bette Midler and went on to produce two records for The Doors, adding to their
collection of Gold and Platinum.
William has studied film and television production at UCLA, the University of Southern
California and the American Film Institute.
In 1991, he founded his own company, Ultravision, which has provided video production
services and support for over 50 productions including documentary, educational and other