Allan M. Jalon: D.A. Pennebaker Gets an Oscar, Talks About Vermeer
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D.A. Pennebaker, right, and Chris Hegedus, left, talk about making documentaries in the Upper West Side offices of Pennebaker Hegedus Films, before leaving for Los Angeles for a lifetime achievement Oscar Pennebaker received at an event last Saturday. Photo by Steve J. Sherman D.A. Pennebaker, the pioneering documentary filmmaker, was getting ready to fly to Los Angeles to receive a lifetime-achievement Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a ceremony last Saturday night, when he took time to talk with me in his offices on Manhattan's Upper West Side about the award and his work. The exchange embraced his passions for cultural figures from the past whose influences drive him, at 87, to keep making his kind of films.
His instinct toward the award reflects his approach to his work, which tends to be collaborative, most often with Chris Hegedus, his wife. The Oscar is less for him alone, he says, than for the generation of ground-breaking Cinema Verite
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