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Legendary Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker Receives Honourary Oscar (Oh, He’s Been In The Red Chair Too)
February 25, 2013
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Honourary Oscar Recipients George Stevens Jr., D.A. Pennebaker, Hal Needham, Jeffrey Katzenberg

One of the great documentary filmmakers of the past 40 years was recognized during the Academy Awards last night, after receiving an honourary Oscar.

D.A. Pennebaker has made some of the most influential docs of our time, including Don't Look Back which captured Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England.

He's also filmed the likes of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Carol Burnett and Norman Mailer.

And, he's made political documentaries including Primary (which looked at the Democratic contest in Wisconsin between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey), and the Oscar-nominated The War Room (which looked at Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign.

A couple of seasons ago, Pennebaker and his wife/filmmaking partner Chris Hegedus were in the red chair.

In this clip, he reveals that he lived with The Rolling Stones for a week, and explains why he walked away from making a film with them.

You can see the entire interview here, starting at around the 12:00 mark.

And if you don't know the story of The Rolling Stones and Altamont, that Pennebaker referred to in the clip, you can read about it right here.

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