Silverdocs to honor Hegedus and Pennebaker

The doc-making husband and wife team will have their collective body of work celebrated during the AFI-Discovery Channel event at the Guggenheim Symposium on June 23.
May 11, 2011

The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival will honor the work of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker at this year’s Charles Guggenheim Symposium, to be held on June 23.

The Symposium, named after four-time Oscar winner Charles Guggenheim, honors filmmakers who are masters of the documentary form.

“With a collective body of work spanning over fifty years, Hegedus and Pennebaker have influenced a generation of filmmakers in direct cinema. Whether it be Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, the three-day 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, an intimate portrait of Bob Dylan or a behind-the-scenes view of dot com mania, they have captured some of the most important subjects and iconic figures of our time,” said Silverdocs festival director Sky Sitney. “We are thrilled to recognize their vast contribution to cinema in the documentary form.”

The pair met in 1976 and married in 1982, extending their relationship to a professional partnership as well as a personal one. Noteworthy docs in their collective catalog include: the Dylan doc Dont Look Back; Monterey Pop; Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which captured David Bowie’s last concert as the Ziggy Stardust character; 1993′s The War Room; and the recent, critically-acclaimed Kings of Pastry.

Following a screening of excerpts from their work, Hegedus and Pennebaker will be joined by special guests to discuss their filmmaking efforts thus far.

Past Guggenheim honourees include Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.

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