A Tribute to Pennebaker and Hegedus

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    This honorary program section pays tribute to filmmaking legends D.A. Pennebaker (1925–2019) and Chris Hegedus, whose partnership helped define documentary film as we know it today. Comprised of four titles, the program showcases touchstones of documentary cinema.

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    Daybreak Express

    • D.A. Pennebaker
    • 1953

    The morning subway races in the direction of New York, set to Duke Ellington’s music. Owing to the combination of jazz rhythms and shots of sun-drenched skyscrapers this short film could be considered a precursor of the video clip.

    Dont Look Back

    • D.A. Pennebaker
    • 1967

    A few years after the birth of direct cinema, Pennebaker created the genre’s first undeniable masterpiece with this documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1965 British tour. Using his fly-on-the-wall style, he set the bar for all subsequent documentaries on pop music.

    Town Bloody Hall

    • Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
    • 1979

    During an infamous debate in 1971 with the writer Norman Mailer, renowned feminists like Germaine Greer and Jacqueline Ceballos show no mercy. How much has changed in the last half-century?

    The War Room

    • Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
    • 1993

    Bill Clinton isn’t the focus of this classic cinema verité about the exciting 1992 presidential election. Here, the camera zooms in on the duo running his campaign from the chaotic headquarters in Little Rock dubbed “The War Room.”