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Keith Beattie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036590

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036590.001.0001

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Interview with D.A. Pennebaker

Interview with D.A. Pennebaker

(p.129) Interview with D.A. Pennebaker
D.A. Pennebaker

Keith Beattie

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents an interview with D. A. Pennebaker conducted by Jonathan Marlow in March 2006 during a tribute to Pennebaker at the Documentary Film Institute. Topics covered include his film Daybreak Express as one of the most stunning shorts ever made and at what point he decided to use Ellington as the springboard; the experiences that made him decide to pursue a career as a filmmaker; how he met Robert Drew; how much of his work with Drew, Richard Leacock and Albert Maysles was a matter of being in the right place at the right time; the unconventional editing for Dont Look Back; and the appeal of working with artists during a transitional stage in their careers.

Keywords:   D. A. Pennebaker, documentary filmmaking, filmmakers, direct cinema, interviews, Documentary Film Institute

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