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Robert Drew

“Good films have to be subjectively made - the viewer has to be seeing them subjectively. If he’s seeing it objectively, it won’t work as film. So, if the viewer needs a subjective experience, then the filmmaker has to render a subjective experience - something that’s from the viewpoint of the filmmaker…The filmmaker’s job is to tell a story, but he doesn’t want to stand off and not be involved or have the camera on a pedestal that doesn’t move. The camera must go with the action or the characters, and to that extent, it’s subjective." Robert Drew began his signature candid filmmaking style, the foundation for the Cinema Verite movement in American cinema, with PRIMARY in 1960. A breakthrough in documentary filmmaking, PRIMARY is the first film in which the sync-sound motion picture camera was utilized to move around freely with its subject - in this case, a young senator John F. Kennedy. After PRIMARY, Drew continued utilizing the same candid style to capture frank and honest portraits, such as those of a U.S. President making tough decisions in the midst of a crisis (CRISIS), a jazz legend composing quietly at his piano (ON THE ROAD WITH DUKE ELLINGTON), NASA scientists as they guide spacecraft to Mars and astronauts in space (NASA), and many others. The recipient of several awards and recognition in major film festivals – including Emmy, Peabody, Venice, and Cannes – Drew was honored with the IDA Career Achievement Award in 1993 for his contribution to documentary filmmaking.

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$19.95 | 53 minutes

(1960) - Editor, Producer, Writer

In 1960, former Life magazine correspondent Robert Drew changed the face of documentary filmmaking when he introduced the first of his powerful films about President John F. Kennedy. Utilizing a small portable camera and sync sound recorder&hellip…

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