Talking Shop:
Pennebaker and Hegedus

Apr 29, 2010

Individually and as partners, D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have created some of the most electrifying cinema verité films of all time, from pioneering rock films Monterey Pop and Dont Look Back to political documentaries Primary and The War Room to such behind-the-scenes peeks into the entertainment business as Company and Moon Over Broadway. In “Master Builders,” a lengthy, in-depth new interview by David Schwartz for Moving Image Source, the filmmakers, who have been working together since the 1970s, discuss their careers, their cinematic influences, and their upcoming feature Kings of Pastry, about a French baking competition, which is due for release in the fall and which, like all of their signature films, says Schwartz, is about “the intensity of the creative process.” Also featured in the piece are a trove of fantastic clips from their films, including the rare 1962 Jane, Company, Dont Look Back, and Startup.com. The Museum of the Moving Image in New York will honor Pennebaker and Hegedus with a comprehensive retrospective in 2011.