Daybreak Express

Daybreak Express

1953

Pennebaker’s first movie; a 1954 New York subway ride scored with Duke Ellington’s eponymous song.

Baby

Baby

1954

Pennebaker’s first cinéma vérité film with daughter Stacy at the Central Park merry-go-round.

Opening in Moscow

Opening In Moscow

1959

A 1959 color film of the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, site of the famous Nixon-Khrushchev “kitchen debates”, and a rare look at daily life in Moscow.

Breaking It Up at the Museum

Breaking It Up at the Museum

1960

Artist Jean Tinguely deconstructs his famous kinetic sculpture in the garden of The Museum of Modern Art.

Anatomy of Cindy Fink

Anatomy of Cindy Fink

1960

Ricky Leacock and Joyce Chopra’s 1965 cinéma vérité portrait of a teenage girl’s first jazz dance audition in a Greenwich Village studio.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day

1963

How the birth of the Fischer quints affected their hometown, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and above all, Mrs. Fischer.

You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

1964

Counter culture guru, Timothy Leary, marries a beautiful Baroness-model (Uma Thurman’s mother).

Lambert & Co.

Lambert & Co.

1964

Dave Lambert, of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, with his newly formed quintet auditioning for RCA in 1964.

Campaign Manager

Campaign Manager

1964

Follows young Republican campaign manager, John Grenier as he plots the 1964 presidential primaries for candidate Barry Goldwater.

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

1964

The Robert F. Kennedy, his family, and Sammy Davis Jr. celebrate Christmas 1964 with New York City school children.

A Stravinsky Portrait

A Stravinsky Portrait

1965

The composer discusses creativity and his work. A film by Richard Leacock.

Dont Look Back

Dont Look Back

1967

Cinema verite portrait of Bob Dylan on tour in England in 1965 with Joan Baez, Alan Price, and Bob Neuwirth.

Two American Audiences

1968

Jean-Luc Godard at NYU on filmmaking and politics.

Chiefs

Chiefs

1968

Police chiefs at their 1968 convention in Waikiki, discuss Black Panthers, the Chicago Democratic Convention, and the latest weaponry.

Rainforest

RainForest

1968

Merce Cunningham Ballet. Music by David Tudor. Set Design by Andy Warhol.

Hickory Hill

Hickory Hill

1968

George Plimpton attends the 1968 annual spring pet show, emceed by Art Buchwald, at the Robert F. Kennedy estate in Virginia.

The Who's Keith Moon at Monterey Pop

Monterey Pop

1968

Summer of Love, the first Pop Music Festival featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Otis Redding, the Mamas and Papas and others.

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band – Live in Toronto ’69

1969

John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band at the 1969 Toronto Rock n Roll Revival Festival.

Queen of Apollo

Queen of Apollo

1970

The 1970 debutante-queen of Apollo, an exclusive New Orleans Mardi Gras ball, on her big night.

Company

Company: Original Cast Album

1970

“Company” documents the grueling 1969 recording session for the Stephen Sondheim musical. Features Elaine Stritch’s show-stopping “Ladies Who Lunch.”

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

1970

Alice Cooper and band’s first performance, organized by Frank Zappa, at the 1969 Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.

Town Bloody Hall

1971

Norman Mailer and Germaine Greer’s legendary 1971 Women’s Lib debate at Town Hall theater in NYC.

One PM

1 PM

1971

1 PM, or One Parallel Movie, was shot by Leacock and Pennebaker in 1969 during Jean-Luc Godard’s never completed One American Movie (1 AM).

Sweet Toronto (Keep on Rockin')

Sweet Toronto (Keep on Rockin)

1972

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival in 1969.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

1973

London 1973, Bowie’s last performance as Ziggy Stardust.

The Energy War

1978

A three-part PBS special, this political soap opera follows combatants on all sides during the fierce legislative battle over President Carter’s energy policy.

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter at Buffalo

1980

Renowned composer Elliott Carter rehearses and conducts his acclaimed masterpiece “The Double Concerto” performed by Ursula Oppens.

Rockaby

1981

Actress Billie Whitelaw in Alan Schneider’s production of a Samuel Beckett play.

DeLorean

DeLorean

1981

DeLorean and team move from boardroom to assembly line creating his stainless steel gull-wing-door sports car in Northern Ireland.

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp’s Last Tape

1983

A historic 1971 performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” directed by Alan Schneider and starring Jack MacGowran.

Dance Black America

Dance Black America

1983

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s three-day festival celebrating the roots of Black Dance.

Jimi Plays Monterey

Jimi Plays Monterey

1985

Hendrix’s complete 1969 Monterey Pop Festival performance introduced by archival footage of his debut in the U.K. with his new band The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Shake – Otis at Monterey

1986

Otis Redding’s complete, electrifying performance at the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Suzanne Vega (1987)

Suzanne Vega

1987

A musical portrait of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega at home, rehearsing in New York, and on tour in England.

Depeche Mode 101

Depeche Mode 101

1989

On the road with the pioneer synth/pop band in 1988 followed by a bus load of fans as they perform across America en route to their final 101 concert at the Rose Bowl in California.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

1990

A 1969 musical portrait of Jerry Lee Lewis, the most electrifying and talented artist in Rock and Roll history.

Little Richard

Little Richard

1991

The entire original performance of Little Richard at Toronto’s Rock and Roll Revival in 1969.

Comin' Home

Comin’ Home

1991

Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding company recording “Cheap Thrills” and performing at Martin Luther King’s memorial and the Monterey Pop Festival.

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You

1992

Brandford Marsalis on tour with Jeff Tain Watts and Bob Hurst, in the recording studio, teaching, and jamming with Sting and the Grateful Dead.

The War Room

The War Room

1993

James Carville and George Stephanopoulos and the War Room team during the 1992 presidential election campaign.

Keine Zeit

Keine Zeit

1996

A feature-length documentary following Marius Muller-Westernhagen as he tours for his 1994 platinum album, “Affentheater.

Victoria Williams in "Happy Come Home"

Victoria Williams – Happy Come Home

1997

A musical portrait of Victoria Williams singing her 1987 debut album “Happy Come Home” in Los Angeles and her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg

Bessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg

1998

Portrait of beloved choreography teacher Bessie Schonberg teaching at Juilliard, Dance Theater Workshop and Jacob’s Pillow.

Moon Over Broadway

Moon Over Broadway

1998

A backstage view of TV legend Carol Burnett’s return to Broadway in the 1995 farce “Moon Over Buffalo” written by Ken Ludwig.

Startup.com

Startup.com

2001

Startup.com follows the adventures of schoolmates Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, creators of govWorks.com, during the boom and crash of the first dot com mania.

Down from the Mountain

Down From The Mountain

2001

Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and others from the Coen Brother’s film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” perform in Nashville in 2000.

Only the Strong Survive

Only the Strong Survive

2002

A Celebration of Soul Music with Sam Moore, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes, and more.

Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Elaine Stritch at Liberty

2004

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, on stage and off, remembers her life in the theater in her Tony winning show.

Al Franken: God Spoke

Al Franken: God Spoke

2006

Franken transforms from political satirist to political pundit on Air America Radio.

"The Return of the War Room" (2008)

The Return of the War Room

2008

James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Mary Matalin, and others from the Perot and McCain campaigns reflect on the 1992 Presidential election and how campaigns have changed.

Kings of Pastry

Kings of Pastry

2009

16 chefs. 3 days. 1 chance. It’s not a dream; it’s an obsession. The 2007 Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.