Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
July 22 - 28, 2016
SIFF Film Center | Exclusive Presentation
A compelling, chronicle of the life, work, and political activism of trailblazing writer and producer Norman Lear, who brought prime time into the modern era in the 1970s through a string of influential shows: "All in the Family," "Good Times," "Maude," "The Jeffersons," "Sanford and Son," and more.
Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.
Now at age 93, Norman Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, DETROPIA) seize the opportunity to fashion a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Breaking down the fourth wall to create an evocative collage where past and present intermingle, they reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world.
- 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
- Language: English
- US Distributor: Music Box Films