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D.A. Pennebaker receives Honorary Oscar

04.12.2012

D.A. Pennebaker has been presented with a Governors Awards, also known as the honorary Oscar. Pennebaker received the award for being one of the persons "who redefined the language of film and taught a generation of filmmakers to look to reality for inspiration."

D.A. Pennebaker receives his Oscar

Pennebaker is recognised as a pioneering force in the American movement Direct Cinema thanks to his innovative portable synchronized camera and sound recording system. He made waves with music-oriented documentaries like "Don't Look Back" (1967), an intimate portrait of Bob Dylan, and the epic concert film that defined a generation, "Monterey Pop" (1969).

An important part of his career is the longstanding collaboration with his wife, Chris Hegedus. Among their achievements are the Oscar-nominated "The War Room" (1993), which took a bold look inside Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, and other documentaries like "Depeche Mode 101" (1989), "Moon over Broadway" (1998), and "Kings of Pastry" (2010).

D.A. Pennebaker has directed more than 20 feature-length documentaries.

Here you can read more about D.A. Pennebaker.

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