Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

USA | 2016 | 91 minutes | Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

A look at the life, work, and political activism of trailblazing writer and producer Norman Lear, who brought prime time into the modern era in the 1970s with a string of influential shows including "All in the Family," "Good Times," and "Sanford and Son."

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Legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear has made it past age 90. "Suddenly, I'm extremely wise, and everybody is asking me for advice," he tells an off-camera interviewer before quipping, "and I am sometimes applauded for walking across the room." From "All in the Family" to "Maude," "Good Times" to "The Jeffersons," "Sanford and Son" to "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," Lear's influence is so vast that "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Philip Rosenthal splits American television into two periods: BN (Before Norman) and AN (After Norman). Sharpening his storytelling skills starting with Martin and Lewis' "The Colgate Comedy Hour" in the 1950s, Lear's voice was one of provocative political and social issues previously deemed too controversial and progressive for the average viewer. And when the Religious Right rose to prominence, Lear took action and founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way, defending First Amendment rights from unjust attacks. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You tracks the life of this great man through stories from Lear himself—as he records the audiobook of his autobiography "Even This I Get to Experience"—and interviews with Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner, Jon Stewart, Mel Brooks, George Clooney, John Amos, and many others.

Director Biographies
A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Heidi Ewing is a critically acclaimed director, producer, and writer of documentary films. Her work has covered a broad range of diverse and turbulent topics, including at-risk inner-city students, an emergency abortion clinic/crisis pregnancy center in Florida, and the decline of Detroit's economy.

Working often with her partner Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady is an American film director and producer of several documentaries that have addressed difficult social issues. Her film Jesus Camp (2006), among many others, has earned critical acclaim and several festival screenings.

Sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola Winery, KIXI 880 AM, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
  • Principal Cast: Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Amy Poehler, Rob Reiner, Phil Rosenthal
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Producer: Suzanne Hillinger, Brent Miller
  • Cinematographers: Sam Levy
  • Editors: JD Marlow, Enat Sidi
  • Music: Kris Bowers
  • Website: Official Film Trailer
  • Filmography: EWING: Detropia (doc, 2012); Freakonomics (doc, 2010); 12th & Delaware (doc, 2010); Jesus Camp (doc, 2006); The Boys of Baraka (doc, 2005); Dissident: Oswaldo Paya and the Varela Project (doc, 2003); GRADY: Detropia (doc, 2012); Freakonomics (doc, 2010); 12th & Delaware (doc, 2010); Jesus Camp (doc, 2006); The Boys of Baraka (doc, 2005); Mad Justice (doc, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Music Box Films