Tribute: Robert Drew

We take cinema verite for granted these days, but in the early 1960s, when Robert Drew started capturing life as it unfolded on film, no one else had made documentaries that way before in America. He liked to call it “reality filmmaking.” Drew, a former Life magazine correspondent and editor, formed Drew Associates in 1960 to make his own kind of films, and he hired people whose names are now well-known—among them Ricky Leacock, DA Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles. He won many awards for his work, which includes “Primary,” the first film made in which the sync sound camera moved freely, and “Crisis,” which covered JFK’s decision to back racial equality.  Drew died June 30 at the age of 90.  You can listen to his conversations with Leonard from 2005 and 2008.

Robert Drew discusses his documentary “A President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy,” on May 2, 2008

 

Robert Drew, Peter Scarlet, Dennis Lim disucssing the Tribeca Film Festival on the Leonard Lopate Show, on April 18, 2005