Friday, May 20, 2011
The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival will honor the work of Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker at this year’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium, to be held on June 23.
The Symposium, named after four-time Oscar winner Charles Guggenheim, honors filmmakers who are masters of the documentary form.
“With a collective body of work spanning over fifty years, Hegedus and Pennebaker have influenced a generation of filmmakers in direct cinema. Whether it be Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, the three-day 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, an intimate portrait of Bob Dylan or a behind-the-scenes view of dot com mania, they have captured some of the most important subjects and iconic figures of our time,” said Silverdocs festival director Sky Sitney. “We are thrilled to recognize their vast contribution to cinema in the documentary form.”
Following a screening of excerpts from their work, Hegedus and Pennebaker will be joined by special guests to discuss their filmmaking efforts thus far.
Past Guggenheim honourees include Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.
Advance tickets are available from the festival's website.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Showtimes: 1:00, 4:45, 8:30
D A Pennebaker in person on
Tuesday, May 31 at the 8:30 show!
Read A.O. Scott's review in The New York Times:
"Dont Look Back [sic] is so perfect and prescient that Todd Haynes, in some parts of I’m Not There, had only to restage some of what Mr. Pennebaker had captured. Watching the original now, in the wake of I’m Not There, you may be astonished at Bob Dylan’s uncanny ability to impersonate Cate Blanchett.
"Like A Hard Day’s Night — or, for that matter, Jean-Luc Godard’s contemporaneous films — Dont Look Back retains a startling hold on the present tense."
Advance tickets may be purchased online