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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Donn Allan Pennebaker
RLIN number: NXCP87-A55
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood: father's photographic career, parents' divorce; engineering studies; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Yale, 1947; founder , Electronics Engineering; early literary aspirations; filmmaking techniques and influence of Francis Thompson; marriage to and divorce from Sylvia Bell; documentary filmmaking with Drew Associates and Time-Life Films, 1959-1963: association with Julien Bryan, Robert Drew, Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles, Greg Shuker; development of cinematic techniques, sound and camera equipment; philosophy of documentary filmmaking; selection of characters and subjects, editing, role and size of production crew; films discussed in detail: film loops for Brussels World's Fair, DAYBREAK (1953), GYPSY (1958), DAVID (1961), SUSAN STARR (1962), JANE (1962), SECOND CITY COMMERCIALS (1965), DONT LOOK BACK (1966), MAIDSTONE (1968), MONTERREY POP (1968), 1 PM (1969), KEEP ON ROCKIN' (1972); Pennebaker Associates filming in the White House during the Kennedy and Carter administrations; relationship of Public Broadcasting System and National Film Board of Canada to independent filmmakers; impressions of Gypsy Rose Lee, Chris Hegedus, John DeLorean, Hope Ryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Bob Dylan, Eddie Sachs, Norman Mailer.
Extent: Transcript: 811 leaves, Tape: 19 cassettes, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Permission required. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1981 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Pennebaker, D. A.
Speaker occupation: Filmmaker
Document date: 1981
Interviewer: Hogenson, Barbara
Locations discussed: Canada; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Canada; Documentary films; Motion picture journalism; Motion picture producers and directors; North America; United States; United States--Social life and customs
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cinematographers; Cinematography; National Film Board of Canada; Pennebaker, D. A.; Public Broadcasting Service (US)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0018330-13773