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Pioneering documentary film-maker DA Pennebaker dead at 94

  • Published at 08:30 pm August 5th, 2019
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Pennebaker was influential among US film-makers who brought changes to the medium of films. Pennebaker brought two great changes; during the 1960s he conceptualized music videos by showcasing Bob Dylan holding index cards in one of his concert films, and he helped construct a portable 16mm camera capable of blending sound, and image

The revered film-maker DA Pennebaker, who revolutionized the technology, and style of documentaries made today, passed away on Thursday in his Long Island home, in New York. He was 94, reports The Huffington Post.

Pennebaker was influential among US film-makers who brought changes to the medium of films. Pennebaker brought two great changes; during the 1960s he conceptualized music videos by showcasing Bob Dylan holding index cards in one of his concert films, and he helped construct a portable 16mm camera capable of blending sound, and image.

In 2015 Pennebaker said: "The whole idea was to be able to follow people around, and shoot dialogue. You could shoot stuff that would sync up with music and talking, and everything else. We had five of those at the time. We were making them in our office, practically."

That camera became an industry standard, and much of the concert footage that circulates from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin's short careers can be credited to Monterey Pop, a concert film by Pennebaker which is considered to be the most influential in history. These accomplishments lead to Pennebaker being considered a pioneer of cinema verite, a style of improvisational documentary film-making, to showcase the crude reality, and highlight subjects with camera. He was also a key chronicler of the counterculture that defined much of the 1960s, and '70s.

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