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Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker, and longtime producer Frazer Pennebaker form one of the most respected and unique teams of documentary filmmakers working today. Known for their unobtrusive, cinema-verite style of filmmaking, they follow their subjects using handheld cameras and available light. What they achieve is a candid portrait of real-life drama in which the characters determine the action. Their subject matter ranges from politics to music, and includes The War Room, Monterey Pop, Dont Look Back, and Kings of Pastry to name just a few.   Hegedus’ film Startup.com won her the 2002 DGA Award for Outstanding Directional Achievement. In 2013 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized D A Pennebaker’s body of work with an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. Frazer Pennebaker, their producer/executive producer, has expanded their focus into live webcasts, beginning with the National’s YouTube concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Most recently, the team has released a new edition of THE WAR ROOM through the Criterion Collection.

D A PENNEBAKER

D A (Donn Alan) Pennebaker has been making movies for over 50 years. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of direct cinema filmmaking. MORE >

CHRIS HEGEDUS

Hegedus began co-directing with D A Pennebaker in the mid-seventies. She was awarded the prestigious 2002 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for STARTUP.COMMORE >

FRAZER PENNEBAKER

Frazer has produced all of Hegedus and Pennebaker’s films since 1982. In addition, he oversees all film distribution and sales. MORE >

NICK DOOB

Nick recently co-directed the Emmy Award-winning ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY and in 2002 won an Emmy as a producer of AMERICAN HIGH, the acclaimed verite TV series. MORE >

 

ALUMNI

REBECCA MARSHALL

Rebecca has associate produced all of Hegedus and Pennebaker’s films since 2001. Her film JONAH AND THE WAIL, a portrait of jazz trumpet player Jonah Jones, was featured on The Independent Film Channel. Read More

WALKER LAMOND

Walker joined PH Films in 2003 and served as an associate producer on Emmy Award-winning ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY.