Chris Hegedus est une Réalisatrice, Scénariste, Producteur exécutif, Monteur et Son Américaine née le 22 avril 1952
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Nationalité Etats-UnisNaissance 22 avril 1952
Chris Hegedus est une réalisatrice, monteuse, directrice de la photographie et productrice américain née vers 1952. Elle est l'épouse de Donn Alan Pennebaker.
Hegedus studied Fine Arts at the Hartford Art School and graduated in 1973 from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in photography and experimental film making. Afterward, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and began shooting films for the University of Michigan Burn Center. In 1975, she moved to a loft in New York City and worked as a cinematographer on independent films including Lizzie Borden’s feminist feature, Born in Flames. The following year she began her first collaboration with DA Pennebaker as editor of the feature-length film, Town Bloody Hall, a chronicle of the legendary “battle of the sexes” between Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer and other feminists which took place at New York City’s Town Hall Theater in 1971.
In 1977, Hegedus, Pennebaker and Pat Powell co-directed and edited The Energy War, a three-part special for PBS that focuses on the historic legislative battle to pass President Jimmy Carter’s Energy Bill. The film was cited by the Kennedy School of Government as “one of the best films on government.”
From this point on, Hegedus and Pennebaker became partners co-directing, shooting, and editing films – they married in 1982. Together, they directed a host of films including: DeLorean, a profile of automobile entrepreneur John DeLorean as he develops his stainless steel gull-winged car in Northern Ireland; Rockaby, a play that Samuel Beckett wrote specifically for their project with his muse, actress Billie Whitelaw; and Moon Over Broadway, a back-stage view of Carol Burnett’s tumultuous return to Broadway, which is cited by The New York Times as a "NYT Critics' Pick."
The company has devoted much of its creative energy towards short and feature-length films about music. Their 1979 short of Randy Newman’s song Baltimore predates MTV and was one of the templates of the music video format. In 1989, they released the theatrical feature 101 for Warner Music. In a style later popularized in the TV reality series Real Life', the film followed the popular English band and a bus full of fans across the country to their final Rose Bowl concert. Other music-related films include profiles of songwriter Victoria Williams, Branford Marsalis, and Suzanne Vega. Searching For Jimi Hendrix features eleven musical acts, including Los Lobos, Laurie Anderson, Chuck D, and Roseanne Cash interpreting Jimi Hendrix in their own styles.
In 2000, for Miramax Films, Hegedus and Pennebaker directed Only the Strong Survive, a soulful musical tribute with Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Rufus Thomas, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Jerry Butler and others. Down From the Mountain, the 2001 companion concert film to the Coen Brothers’ release, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, features some of the most talented blue grass performers of our times, including Ralph Stanley, Emmy Lou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welsh.
Together with Nick Doob, Hegedus and Pennebaker filmed several specials for HBO, including Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which won a 2004 Emmy Award for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Show; the comedy Assume the Position with Robert Wuhl; and a segment of Addiction.
For the Sundance Channel, Hegedus filmed Michael Stipe, Bruce Springsteen and others for the 2004 Vote For Change concert, and directed Fox vs. Franken for Sundance's First Amendment series. In 2006, Hegedus theatrically released, Al Franken: God Spoke. Co-directed with Nick Doob, the film follows the political satirist Al Franken’s personal transformation from comedy to politics. Following the 2010 completion of Kings of Pastry, Hegedus and Pennebaker co-directed the live YouTube broadcast of the National’s May 2010 benefit concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Hegedus has lectured on documentary film in colleges around the country. She taught film at Yale University for eight years and received their Film Studies Award.
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