Sponsored by San Rafael Joe's
Directed by Jane Weiner
Starring: Richard Leacock, Chris Marker, DA Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Ed Pincus, Jonas Mekas
Attention film lovers! If you’ve ever pondered the objectivity of the camera’s eye, considered the benefits of natural light or used the term cinema verité in a sentence, this is a movie you can't afford to miss! Filmmaker Jane Weiner focuses on the fascinating career of director-cinematographer Richard Leacock, a pioneer in the direct cinema movement and one of the godfathers of modern documentary filmmaking. Leacock’s unbridled passion led to his design of lightweight cameras with synch-sound recording. Weiner started shooting Leacock in 1972 and maintained her relationship with her mentor until his death in 2011. Combining intimate personal interviews with fascinating footage featuring luminaries like Jean-Luc Godard, D.A. Pennebaker and JFK, Weiner’s film paints a vivid portrait of a man with a singular vision: make movie cameras an accessible tool for capturing real life. This captivating, hugely entertaining doc gives film fans a rare chance to bask in the glory of an unheralded hero of cinema.
Film Note Writer: Brendan Peterson