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I first saw The Plow That Broke the Plains in Canada in 1952, when the 1936 film was already legendary. I had recently arrived in Canada hoping to
I came to Maysles Films in the early 1970's—fresh out of college—and I never left. So I guess you could say that, professionally, I'm a child of
Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. I will never forget that sound and the anticipation I felt as I climbed the first crest of the roller coaster ride
When Bob Dylan met DA Pennebaker in 1965, the singer/songwriter had earned acclaim as the forerunner of the folk genre, with four groundbreaking
There is no question that Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia , her 1936 masterpiece of the Berlin Olympic Games, is the main reason I became a documentary
Lonely Boy stands alone, teetering on a precipice between everything that came before and everything that came after. When I first saw it in the late
In 1973 a group of black ministers commissioned me to make a documentary about the Black church experience. Let The Church Say Amen! follows a young
The unassuming title of this documentary belies what is one of the most remarkable nonfiction films ever made. From 1971 through 1976, Ed Pincus
When I was a college student in the early ‘60s and first discovering feature films, documentaries meant next to nothing to me. I connected them with
Nineteen seventy-seven was a watershed year: Anita Bryant launched the nation's first widespread offensive against gays rights legislation; Harvey