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NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 91min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

Norman Lear made an indelible imprint on American television, creating beloved shows such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, all of which were breakthroughs not only for the medium but also for American culture at large. His stories used humor take on hot-button issues such as racism, feminism, and the shifting mores of generations. He went on to create the advocacy organization People for the American Way to combat threats to freedom of speech and other civil liberties.

Now in his nineties, Lear remains as sharp and witty as ever—as is evidenced in this insightful, absorbing profile. Oscar-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, Detropia) draw upon stories from Lear’s memoir Even This I Get to Experience and conduct lively new interviews with Lear and colleagues such as George Clooney, Rob Reiner, and Russell Simmons. They sample a rich array of clips from his classic shows, featuring brilliant comic actors like Carroll O’Connor, Beatrice Arthur, and Sherman Hemsley, while tracing the struggles and triumphs of this singular career. – Thom Powers

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credits

Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Producer: Suzanne Hillinger, Brent Miller

Music: Kris Bowers
Cinematographer: Ronan Killeen
Editor: JD Marlow, Enat Sidi

Cast: Norman Lear, George Clooney, Bill Moyers, John Amos, Alan Horn, Russell Simmons

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are American filmmakers who created the production company Loki Films. Their credits include the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp (2006) and Detropia (2012). Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016), their latest film, world premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

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