Legendary documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus join us for a workshop at NW Documentary on 7/24 and two nights of screenings and Q+A’s at the Hollywood Theatre on 7/23 and 7/24.
DA Pennebaker is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of cinema verite filmmaking. In the early sixties, Pennebaker and his colleague Richard Leacock developed one of the first fully portable 16mm synchronized camera and sound recording systems which revolutionized filmmaking and helped to created the immediate style of shooting so popular today. Hegedus began co-directing with D A Pennebaker in the mid-seventies and together they form one of the most respected and unique teams of documentary filmmakers working today. Known for their unintrusive, cinema verite style of filmmaking, they follow their subjects using handheld cameras and available light with minimal interruption. The result is a candid portrait of a real-life drama in which the characters determine the action.
All of the details:
4:30pm to 6:30pm: Intimate Reception at Magnolia’s Corner
Join DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus for an intimate two-hour pre-screening reception at Magnolia’s Corner across from the Hollywood Theatre. There will be complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. Tickets are extremely limited and proceeds benefit both the Hollywood Theatre and NW Documentary, two Portland nonprofits with missions that include supporting and educating emerging and established local filmmakers. Get Tickets: $20 (Very limited quantity!)
7:00pm Screening at the Hollywood: The War Room (1993)
In this intensely observational documentary, filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus examine the inner workings of President Bill Clinton’s first White House campaign in the early 1990s, focusing on the wizardry of James Carville and George Stephanopoulos. Get Tickets $7 – Double Feature with Don’t Look Back $12
9:30pm Screening at the Hollywood: Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back (1967)
In 1965, just months before Bob Dylan’s controversial sound-switch from folk to electric guitar, D.A. Pennebaker documented the musician’s British concert tour. The result is one of the most acclaimed music films of all time. Shot with a handheld camera in black-and-white, the film follows Dylan from limo to hotel room as he relaxes with friends, antagonizes the press and deals with managers. Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Price make appearances. Get Tickets $7 – Double Feature with The War Room $12
4-6pm: Filmmaker’s Workshop at NW Documentary
Join D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus for a two-hour workshop at NW Documentary. Meet the legendary filmmakers, and come prepared to ask questions. $15 for NW Doc & Hollywood Members/$30 Non-members. Advance registration required. Click here to register.
7:00pm Screening at the Hollywood: Kings of Pastry (2009)
Acclaimed documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus venture inside the deliciously cutthroat Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the legendary French pastry competition, to capture this fascinating account of what it takes to be the best “patissier.” Get Tickets $7 – Double Feature with Down From The Mountain $12
9:30pm Screening at the Hollywood: Down From The Mountain (2001)
Label executives and soundtrack producers loved the down-home music of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” so much that they brought it to life as a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen loved it so much that they hired famed documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus to record the show for posterity. Performers include Alison Krauss and Union Station, Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch. Get Tickets $7 – Double Feature with Kings of Pastry $12
Presented by The Documentary Channel & Sponsored by the Portland State University Department of Theatre and Film and Saint Cupcake The Bakery.