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Hanging out with an old friend ... the DeLorean car at the Tribeca premiere of Framing John DeLorean.Penny and I spent t...
05/01/2019

Hanging out with an old friend ... the DeLorean car at the Tribeca premiere of Framing John DeLorean.
Penny and I spent two years filming the birth of John's stainless steel sports car in Belfast, Northern Ireland to its debut in the USA.

I am so proud to be a co-producer and a cinematographer on Cracked Up.  Michelle Esrick's powerful documentary on Darrel...
04/25/2019
The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma - Road to Resilience

I am so proud to be a co-producer and a cinematographer on Cracked Up. Michelle Esrick's powerful documentary on Darrell Hammond and childhood trauma. Listen to this podcast with them.

Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, discuss childhood trauma, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and healing. (Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Pl...

"Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The ans...
03/27/2019
The 9 Best Documentaries About the American Political System — IndieWire Critics Survey

"Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best documentary about the American political system?"

https://www.indiewire.com/2019/03/best-documentaries-american-politics-1202051821/?fbclid=IwAR3jPDtESgFwbncQ9GUtXResiCIClHAJOqWySXvVbhlmCbGVREwU6kQ_7II

With the 2020 race heating up, and Beto O'Rourke launching his campaign with a film, our panel of critics picks the best documentaries about the American political system.

Happy 89th birthday to Stephen Sondheim!
03/22/2019

Happy 89th birthday to Stephen Sondheim!

Thom Powers' new episode of Pure Nonfiction is out now with Penny, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, and more talking about Com...
03/01/2019
99: D.A. Pennebaker, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney & more on Stephen Sondheim’s “Company"

Thom Powers' new episode of Pure Nonfiction is out now with Penny, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, and more talking about Company and the new episode of Documentary Now. Listen at the link below.

http://www.purenonfiction.net/99-d-a-pennebaker-seth-meyers-john-mulaney-more-on-stephen-sondheims-company/

D.A. Pennebaker’s1970  documentary “Original Cast Album: Company” captures the dramatic recording session of the Stephen Sondheim

Happy birthday to David Bowie, he would have been 72 today, we miss him dearly.
01/08/2019

Happy birthday to David Bowie, he would have been 72 today, we miss him dearly.

Congratulations to Lou Adler, with out whom Monterey Pop would not exist, and to Sam Moore, the heart and soul of Only t...
12/19/2018
Grammy Lifetime Achievement: Sam & Dave, Black Sabbath, Dionne Warwick, George Clinton, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Lou Adler, Ashford & Simpson, Julio Iglesias

Congratulations to Lou Adler, with out whom Monterey Pop would not exist, and to Sam Moore, the heart and soul of Only the Strong Survive!

https://www.showbiz411.com/2018/12/19/grammy-lifetime-achievement-sam-dave-black-sabbath-dionne-warwick-george-clinton-billy-eckstine-donny-hathwaway

The Grammy Award Lifetime Achievement inductees have been announced. And what a gang. Perfection: Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Ig…

Monterey Pop was one of the 25 films chosen by The Library of Congress to be inducted into the National Film Registry. N...
12/12/2018
DA Pennebaker’s Seminal Concert Film “Monterey Pop” Joins the 750 Movies in the National Film Registry

Monterey Pop was one of the 25 films chosen by The Library of Congress to be inducted into the National Film Registry. Not a bad 50th anniversary present!

https://www.showbiz411.com/2018/12/12/da-pennebakers-seminal-concert-film-monterey-pop-joins-the-750-movies-in-the-national-film-registry?fbclid=IwAR0v2_nesC6WOXp8cRW4tlpGVTiFgcYzNvADQDmxxdV4yJ3VFRksNV0O9zs

This morning at 3am the Library of Congress announced the new additions to the National Film Registry. There are now about 750 films in the registry, including the ones announced this morning. Lege…

Very sad to hear that Philip Bosco passed away. Among his many accolades he played George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo with ...
12/05/2018
Philip Bosco, Tony-Winning Character Actor, Is Dead at 88

Very sad to hear that Philip Bosco passed away. Among his many accolades he played George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo with Carol Burnett playing his wife Charlotte. He was one of the sweetest men we've had the pleasure of working with. He will be missed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/obituaries/philip-bosco-dead.html

A familiar face for years in movies, on television and especially on Broadway, he had a particular affinity for the work of George Bernard Shaw.

"Well, if you loved the curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, we have good news for you...
11/16/2018
Become a Criterion Channel Charter Subscriber

"Well, if you loved the curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, we have good news for you. The Criterion Collection team is going to be carrying on with that mission, launching the Criterion Channel as a freestanding service in spring 2019."

Sign up now at the link below!

https://www.criterion.com/channel

If you loved the adventurous curated programming we’ve been doing with our friends at FilmStruck, we have good news for you.

Make sure to catch Dont Look Back on the wonderfully curated FilmStruck before its too late! And if you want to make sur...
11/07/2018
10 Music Movies to Watch (on Filmstruck before it shuts down)

Make sure to catch Dont Look Back on the wonderfully curated FilmStruck before its too late! And if you want to make sure its never too late, join the thousands of others and sign the Change.org petition below to keep FilmStruck alive!
https://www.change.org/p/warnermedia-keep-filmstruck-alive/psf/share?source_location=petition_show&psf_variant=combo

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/10-music-movies-to-watch-on-filmstruck-before-it-shuts-down/

From classics like ’Gimme Shelter’ and ’A Hard Day's Night’ to cult classics like ’Smithereens’ and ’Fishing with John,’ plus all three previous versions of ’A Star is Born,’ say goodbye to Filmstruck with a song in your heart.

25 years ago today was the first screening of The War Room at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Thank you to...
10/11/2018

25 years ago today was the first screening of The War Room at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Thank you to the The Academy for hosting a great screening and panel, and thank you to all the panelists for coming!

The 25th Anniversary of The War Room's first screening on October 11th, 1993 is happening tonight at the Samuel Goldwyn ...
10/09/2018
THE WAR ROOM (1993)

The 25th Anniversary of The War Room's first screening on October 11th, 1993 is happening tonight at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. With special guests including film subjects James Carville, Dee Dee Myers, directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker and producers R.J. Cutler and Wendy Ettinger. Moderated by Todd S. Purdum. Tickets are still available through the link below.

https://www.oscars.org/events/war-room-1993

25th Anniversary Screening and ConversationWith special guests including film subjects James Carville, Dee Dee Myers, directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker and producers R.J. Cutler and Wendy...

Unlocking the Cage has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary! Thank you to Steve Wise and ...
07/27/2018
NOMINEES FOR THE 39th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED – The Emmys

Unlocking the Cage has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary! Thank you to Steve Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project for all the outstanding work they do.

https://emmyonline.tv/39th-news-and-documentary-nominations/

New York, N.Y. – July 26, 2018 – Nominations for the 39th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced today by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, October 1st, 2018, at a ceremony at Jazz at Linc...

be sure to set your DVR as it's on at 5:45 am
07/13/2018
Primary (1960)

be sure to set your DVR as it's on at 5:45 am

The Wisconsin Primary of 1960 sets John Kennedy on the road to the White House.

Check out this great photo of George Harrison reading the transcript of Dont Look Back. Thanks to Michael Chaiken for un...
07/02/2018

Check out this great photo of George Harrison reading the transcript of Dont Look Back. Thanks to Michael Chaiken for unearthing this awesome pic.

One of the first frames D.A. Pennebaker shot to test his camera before filming Robert F. Kennedy for the classic documen...
06/14/2018

One of the first frames D.A. Pennebaker shot to test his camera before filming Robert F. Kennedy for the classic documentary, 'Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment,' produced in 1963 by Drew Associates. The image is taken from a newly released reel of outtakes from the film, screened for the first time at The Paley Center for Media on June 12th, Thank you Jill Drew for sharing!

A delightful night at The Paley Center for Media (Thank you Ron Simon) Jill Drew showed 30 minutes of incredible outtake...
06/13/2018

A delightful night at The Paley Center for Media (Thank you Ron Simon) Jill Drew showed 30 minutes of incredible outtakes from Crisis. Kerry Kennedy, who made her film debut in Crisis, was there on the panel after and gave some wonderful insights from the perspective of the Kennedy Family. She and Pennebaker met up afterwards too at her book signing and reminisced.

It was an honor to participate in Amy's film and hear the stories from so many talented women directors of the discrimin...
06/08/2018
“Half the Picture” Turns the Camera on Women Directors

It was an honor to participate in Amy's film and hear the stories from so many talented women directors of the discrimination that they encountered in order to bring their creative visions to the big screen. Thank you Amy! Check it out at the Village East Cinema in NYC.

Many of the directors featured in Half the Picture (including Gina Prince-Bythewood, Karyn Kusama, Patricia Riggen, and Jamie Babbit) reinvigorated stale genres with their debut...

Nonhuman Rights Project
05/09/2018
Nonhuman Rights Project

Nonhuman Rights Project

Today, Eugene M. Fahey—an Associate Judge on New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals—issued an opinion that is already being seen as an historic mark of progress in the fight to secure fundamental legal rights for nonhuman animals. Read our complete statement at the link, and please share!

An excerpt from his opinion: "To treat a chimpanzee as if he or she had no right to liberty protected by habeas corpus is to regard the chimpanzee as entirely lacking independent worth, as a mere resource for human use, a thing the value of which consists exclusively in its usefulness to others. Instead, we should consider whether a chimpanzee is an individual with inherent value who has the right to be treated with respect.”

"In celebration of their towering contributions to the documentary community, filmmakers, and the festival, Full Frame i...
04/02/2018
Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker to be Honored with 2018 Advocate Award - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

"In celebration of their towering contributions to the documentary community, filmmakers, and the festival, Full Frame is proud to honor filmmaking legends Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker with its 2018 Advocate Award. The Advocate Award will be presented during the 21st annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 5 – 8, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina. Festival passes and ticket packages are now available."

https://www.fullframefest.org/news/chris-hegedus-d-pennebaker-honored-2018-advocate-award/

February 26, 2018 – In celebration of their towering contributions to the documentary community, filmmakers, and the festival, Full Frame is proud to honor filmmaking legends Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker with its 2018 Advocate Award. The Advocate Award will be presented during the 21st annual ...

The War Room is celebrating its 25th Anniversary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ! Tickets for t...
03/20/2018
25th Anniversary Screening: The War Room

The War Room is celebrating its 25th Anniversary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ! Tickets for the screening as well as discussion with D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus at 3:45 on Sunday, April 29th, will be on sale March 27th at the link below.

https://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=73713~6d071c1e-1d5b-4e4e-ab61-2b9caf21a7fd&epguid=c9911a12-f347-4bd0-b786-91c532d30fe7&

In the lead-up to the 1992 American presidential election, acclaimed documentary filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker were given complete access to Bill Clinton's top campaign strategists. Through this unfettered view, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos were seen as instrumental figures...

"Since he’s filmed a number of the most celebrated and impactful artists of all-time for well over fifty years and mor...
02/16/2018
Meet The Man Who Filmed Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, And David Bowie

"Since he’s filmed a number of the most celebrated and impactful artists of all-time for well over fifty years and more, Pennebaker has been privy to some of the most indelible moments in the history of music."

http://uproxx.com/music/da-pennebaker-interview-bob-dylan-jimi-hendrix/

An in-depth conversation with the man behind ’Don’t Look Back,’ ’Monterey Pop Festival,’ and ’Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.’

"In 1968: the year of its theatrical release, in 1988: the year of its home video release, at 35 years old, at 50 years ...
01/24/2018
Blu-ray Review: Criterion Celebrates MONTEREY POP's 50th

"In 1968: the year of its theatrical release, in 1988: the year of its home video release, at 35 years old, at 50 years old, at 100 years old, and so forth – in 35mm, on Laserdisc, VHS, DVD, 4K, 10K, astral projection, and so on - Monterey Pop is, and will never cease being, a simply unbelievable miracle of circumstances and human potential."

http://screenanarchy.com/2018/01/blu-ray-review-criterion-celebrates-monterey-pops-50th.html

The newly released complete Monterey Pop box set is vying for the most impressive package in my personal Criterion collection. A little bit about my Criterion collection… I own under 100, more than enough to make me unwilling to do...

12/21/2017
Jingle Bells

Happy Holidays from all of us at Pennebaker Hegedus Films!

https://vimeo.com/79209262

This short film was the first film I made with Robert Kennedy after his brother’s death. Robert Kennedy had decided to run for the New York Senate and was…

The newly remastered in 4k box set of Monterey Pop is now available from The Criterion Collection! Check out a review be...
12/15/2017
David Reviews The Complete Monterey Pop Festival [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

The newly remastered in 4k box set of Monterey Pop is now available from The Criterion Collection! Check out a review below and pick up your box set from https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/326-the-complete-monterey-pop-festival

https://criterioncast.com/reviews/blu-ray-reviews/complete-monterey-pop-festival

A rigorous comparison between the DVD and two different Blu-ray editions of this fantastic suite of music documentaries directed by D.A. Pennebaker.

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