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Name: D.A. Pennebaker  
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Date of Birth: 15th July 1925
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, USA
Profession: Director
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D. A. Pennebaker speaking at the University of Florida in February 2003.

Don Alan "D. A." Pennebaker (born July 15, 1925 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American documentary filmmaker and one of the pioneers of Direct Cinema. Performing arts (especially pop music) and politics are his primary subjects.

In the early 1960s Pennebaker, together with Richard Leacock and Robert Drew, founded Drew Associates. In 1963 Leacock and Pennebaker left to found their own production firm. Later he often worked with his wife, Chris Hegedus. Their company, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, has made a number of influential documentaries. Sometimes called "Pennebaker documentaries", these films, shot with an obviously hand-held camera, typically eschew voice-over narration and interviews in favor of a "simple" portrayal of events.

Partial filmography

  • Primary (1960)
  • Don't Look Back (1967)
  • Monterey Pop (1968)
  • Sweet Toronto (1971, filmed 1969)
  • Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)
  • Town Bloody Hall (1979)
  • 101 (1989)
  • The War Room (1993)
  • Woodstock Diary (1994)
  • Moon Over Broadway (1997)
  • Down from the Mountain (2000)
  • Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2004)
  • Rebirth (unreleased)

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