D.A. Pennebaker

Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Director, Cinematographer, Editor


D.A. Pennebaker was born on July 15, 1925 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Donn Alan Pennebaker. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967), The War Room (1993) and Unlocking the Cage (2016). He was married to Chris Hegedus, Kate Taylor and Sylvia Bell. He died on August 1, 2019 in Sag Harbor, New York, USA.
Birth date
1925-07-15
Death date
2019-08-01
Awards
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 7 nominations.
Height
5' 8" (1.73 m)

Known For


The War Room
The War Room
Director (1993)
Unlocking the Cage
Unlocking the Cage
Director (2016)
Jimi Plays Monterey
Jimi Plays Monterey
Director (1986)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
DirectorDepeche Mode: Video Singles Collection2016
DirectorUnlocking the Cage
(Documentary) (co-director)
2016
DirectorSnapshots from the Tour
(Short)
2015
DirectorP.O.V.
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Kings of Pastry (2011)
2011
DirectorKings of Pastry
(Documentary) (co-director)
2009
DirectorThe Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey
(Video)
2008
DirectorThe Return of the War Room
(TV Movie documentary)
2008
DirectorThe Addiction Project
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Opiate Addiction: A New Medication (2007)
2007
Director65 Revisited
(Video documentary)
2007
DirectorAddiction
(TV Movie documentary) (segment "Opiate Addiction: A New Medication")
2007
DirectorCinema16: American Short Films
(Video)
2006
DirectorAssume the Position with Mr. Wuhl
(TV Movie documentary)
2006
DirectorNational Anthem: Inside the Vote for Change Concert Tour
(TV Movie documentary)
2004
DirectorDepeche Mode: The Videos 86>98+
(Video) (video "Everything Counts - live")
2002
DirectorBest of Bowie
(Video documentary) (video "Ziggy Stardust")
2002
DirectorElaine Stritch at Liberty
(TV Special documentary)
2002
DirectorOnly the Strong Survive
(Documentary)
2002
DirectorDown from the Mountain
(Documentary)
2000
DirectorDepeche Mode: The Videos 86>98
(Video) (video "Everything Counts")
1999
DirectorSearching for Jimi Hendrix
(TV Movie documentary)
1999
DirectorBessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg
(Documentary)
1998
DirectorMoon Over Broadway
(Documentary)
1997
DirectorKeine Zeit
(Documentary)
1996
DirectorWoodstock Diary
(TV Movie documentary)
1994
DirectorThe War Room
(Documentary)
1993
DirectorChuck Berry: Rock and Roll Music
(Video documentary)
1992
DirectorBranford Marsalis: The Music Tells You
(Documentary)
1992
DirectorComin' Home
(Video documentary short)
1991
DirectorJerry Lee Lewis: The Story of Rock & Roll
(Video documentary)
1991
DirectorRemembering Otis
(TV Movie documentary)
1989
DirectorJimi Hendrix Live
(Documentary)
1989
DirectorOtis Redding Live at Monterey
(Video documentary short)
1989
DirectorDepeche Mode: 101
(Documentary)
1989
DirectorDepeche Mode: Everything Counts (Live)
(Video short)
1989
DirectorShake!: Otis at Monterey
(Documentary short)
1987
DirectorJimi Plays Monterey
(Documentary)
1986
DirectorDance Black America
(Documentary)
1983
DirectorRockaby
(Documentary)
1983
DirectorDeLorean
(Documentary)
1981
DirectorElliott Carter at Buffalo
(Documentary)
1980
DirectorZiggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
(Documentary)
1979
DirectorTown Bloody Hall
(Documentary)
1979
DirectorEnergy War
(Documentary)
1977
DirectorDavid Bowie: Changes (Live)
(Video short)
1973
DirectorDavid Bowie: Ziggy Stardust
(Video short)
1973
DirectorLittle Richard: Keep on Rockin'
(Documentary short)
1973
DirectorDavid Bowie: White Light, White Heat (Live)
(Video short)
1973
DirectorJohn Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto
(Video documentary)
1971
Director1 P.M.
(Documentary)
1971
DirectorOriginal Cast Album: Company
(Documentary)
1970
DirectorPlastic Ono Band: Cold Turkey - First Version
(Video short)
1969
DirectorTwo American Audiences: La Chinoise - A Film in the Making
(Documentary short)
1968
DirectorMonterey Pop
(Documentary)
1968
DirectorBob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues
(Video short)
1967
DirectorBob Dylan: Dont Look Back
(Documentary)
1967
DirectorHier Strauss
(Documentary)
1965
DirectorLambert, Hendricks & Co.
(Documentary short) (co-director)
1964
DirectorJane
(Documentary)
1962
DirectorThe Living Camera: Mooney vs. Fowle
(TV Movie documentary) (co-director)
1962
DirectorABC Close-Up!
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Adventures on the New Frontier (1961)
1961
DirectorSkyscraper
(Short documentary)
1960
DirectorOpening in Moscow
(Documentary)
1959
DirectorBrussels Loops
(Short)
1957
DirectorGestures
(Short)
1957
DirectorWorld Kitchen
(Short)
1957
DirectorBaby
(Documentary short)
1954
DirectorDaybreak Express
(Documentary short)
1953
RoleTitleYear
CinematographerSnapshots from the Tour
(Short)
2015
CinematographerP.O.V.
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Kings of Pastry (2011)
2011
CinematographerKings of Pastry
(Documentary) (camera)
2009
CinematographerA President to Remember
(Documentary)
2008
Cinematographer65 Revisited
(Video documentary)
2007
CinematographerElaine Stritch at Liberty
(TV Special documentary)
2002
CinematographerOnly the Strong Survive
(Documentary)
2002
CinematographerDown from the Mountain
(Documentary)
2000
CinematographerSearching for Jimi Hendrix
(TV Movie documentary)
1999
CinematographerBessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg
(Documentary)
1998
CinematographerMoon Over Broadway
(Documentary)
1997
CinematographerSessions at West 54th
(TV Series documentary) (interviews)
1997
CinematographerThe War Room
(Documentary)
1993
CinematographerBranford Marsalis: The Music Tells You
(Documentary)
1992
CinematographerComin' Home
(Video documentary short)
1991
CinematographerDepeche Mode: 101
(Documentary) (Filmaker/tour)
1989
CinematographerShake!: Otis at Monterey
(Documentary short)
1987
CinematographerJimi Plays Monterey
(Documentary)
1986
CinematographerRockaby
(Documentary)
1983
CinematographerZiggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
(Documentary)
1979
CinematographerTown Bloody Hall
(Documentary)
1979
CinematographerLittle Richard: Keep on Rockin'
(Documentary short)
1973
CinematographerJohn Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto
(Video documentary)
1971
Cinematographer1 P.M.
(Documentary)
1971
CinematographerOriginal Cast Album: Company
(Documentary)
1970
CinematographerMaidstone1970
CinematographerBeyond the Law1968
CinematographerTwo American Audiences: La Chinoise - A Film in the Making
(Documentary short)
1968
CinematographerMonterey Pop
(Documentary) (filmed by)
1968
CinematographerWild 901968
CinematographerBob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues
(Video short)
1967
CinematographerBob Dylan: Dont Look Back
(Documentary)
1967
CinematographerThe Chair
(Documentary)
1963
CinematographerMr. Pearson
(Documentary)
1962
CinematographerOn the Pole
(Documentary)
1960
CinematographerABC Close-Up!
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Yanki, No! (1960)
1960
CinematographerOpening in Moscow
(Documentary)
1959
CinematographerAmerican Football
(Documentary short)
1957
CinematographerBaby
(Documentary short)
1954
CinematographerDaybreak Express
(Documentary short)
1953
RoleTitleYear
EditorSnapshots from the Tour
(Short)
2015
EditorP.O.V.
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Kings of Pastry (2011)
2011
EditorKings of Pastry
(Documentary)
2009
EditorOnly the Strong Survive
(Documentary)
2002
EditorDown from the Mountain
(Documentary)
2000
EditorSearching for Jimi Hendrix
(TV Movie documentary)
1999
EditorBessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg
(Documentary)
1998
EditorMoon Over Broadway
(Documentary)
1997
EditorThe War Room
(Documentary)
1993
EditorBranford Marsalis: The Music Tells You
(Documentary)
1992
EditorDepeche Mode: 101
(Documentary)
1989
EditorFrom the Pole to the Equator
(Documentary) (uncredited)
1987
EditorJimi Plays Monterey
(Documentary)
1986
EditorRockaby
(Documentary)
1983
Editor1 P.M.
(Documentary)
1971
EditorBob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues
(Video short)
1967
EditorBob Dylan: Dont Look Back
(Documentary)
1967
EditorOpening in Moscow
(Documentary)
1959
EditorBaby
(Documentary short)
1954
EditorDaybreak Express
(Documentary short)
1953
RoleTitleYear
ProducerSeven Days in Nepal
(Documentary) (executive producer)
2017
ProducerThe Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story
(Documentary) (executive producer)
2014
ProducerAl Franken: God Spoke
(Documentary) (executive producer)
2006
ProducerThe First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken
(TV Movie documentary) (supervising producer)
2004
ProducerThe Cutman
(Short) (executive producer)
2003
ProducerStartup.com
(Documentary) (producer)
2001
ProducerJimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock
(Video documentary) (associate producer)
1999/I
ProducerShake!: Otis at Monterey
(Documentary short) (executive producer)
1987
ProducerDance Black America
(Documentary) (producer)
1983
ProducerElliott Carter at Buffalo
(Documentary) (producer)
1980
ProducerTown Bloody Hall
(Documentary) (producer)
1979
ProducerLittle Richard: Keep on Rockin'
(Documentary short) (producer)
1973
Producer1 P.M.
(Documentary) (producer)
1971
ProducerOpening in Moscow
(Documentary) (producer)
1959
ProducerBaby
(Documentary short) (producer)
1954
RoleTitleYear
Camera and Electrical DepartmentKings of Pastry
(Documentary) (video operator)
2009
Camera and Electrical DepartmentAmazing Journey: The Story of the Who
(Documentary) (camera operator - segment "Who's Back")
2007
Camera and Electrical DepartmentStartup.com
(Documentary) (additional video)
2001
Camera and Electrical DepartmentHeart of Gold
(TV Movie documentary) (cameraman)
1982
Camera and Electrical DepartmentJanis
(Documentary) (additional photography)
1974
Camera and Electrical DepartmentEat the Document
(Documentary) (camera operator)
1972
Camera and Electrical DepartmentIntegration Report I
(Documentary short) (Camera Assistant)
1960
Camera and Electrical DepartmentPrimary
(Documentary) (photographer)
1960
RoleTitleYear
Writer1 P.M.
(Documentary)
1971
WriterWild 90
(writer)
1968
WriterBob Dylan: Dont Look Back
(Documentary)
1967
WriterThe Living Camera: Mooney vs. Fowle
(TV Movie documentary) (co-writer)
1962
WriterChristopher and Me
(Short)
1960
WriterDaybreak Express
(Documentary short) (writer)
1953
RoleTitleYear
Additional CrewEric Burdon, Rock' n' Roll Animal
(TV Movie documentary) (maker of "Jimi Plays Monterey" - as D A Pennebaker)
2020
Additional CrewLost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued
(Documentary) (archival consultant)
2014
Additional CrewThe Loving Story
(Documentary) (advisor - as DA Pennebaker)
2011
Additional CrewJanis
(Documentary) (source: footage)
1974
Additional CrewCrisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
(Documentary) (filmmaker)
1963
Additional CrewPrimary
(Documentary) (sequence editor)
1960
RoleTitleYear
Sound departmentRockaby
(Documentary) (sound recordist)
1983
Sound departmentPrimary
(Documentary) (sound recordist)
1960
RoleTitleYear
ActorWild 90
Al
1968
RoleTitleYear
Editorial departmentEat the Document
(Documentary) (additional editor)
1972
RoleTitleYear
Music departmentChristopher and Me
(Short) (song: "The Little Boat")
1960
RoleTitleYear
SoundtrackChristopher and Me
(Short) (writer: "The Little Boat")
1960
RoleTitleYear
ThanksMeat the Future
(Documentary) (special thanks)
2020
ThanksCunningham
(Documentary) (special thanks)
2019
ThanksRunning with Beto
(Documentary) (thanks)
2019
ThanksMarianne & Leonard: Words of Love
(Documentary) (gratitude and thanks)
2019
ThanksA Private War
(special thanks from the director - as DA Pennebaker)
2018
ThanksThe Rape of Recy Taylor
(Documentary) (thanks)
2017
ThanksMuppet Guys Talking
(Documentary) (special thanks - as D A Pennebaker)
2017
ThanksCity of Ghosts
(Documentary) (special thanks)
2017
ThanksAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) (special thanks - 1 episode, 2017) (the director and producers wish to thank - 1 episode, 2005) - By Sidney Lumet (2017) ... (special thanks) - No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (the director and producers wish to thank: The following filmmakers for their extraordinary contribution)
ThanksJill Drew and D.A. Pennebaker
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2016
ThanksBy Sidney Lumet
(Documentary) (special thanks)
2015
ThanksCan't Stop the Water
(Documentary short) (special thanks)
2013
ThanksElaine Stritch: Shoot Me
(Documentary) (special thanks)
2013
ThanksThe Square
(Documentary) (the producers wish to thank)
2013
ThanksOn the Road
(thanks)
2012
ThanksDon't Follow Me: I'm Lost
(Documentary) (special thanks)
2012
ThanksMaking the War Room
(Video documentary) (special thanks)
2012
ThanksLove, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War
(TV Series documentary) (acknowledgment - 1 episode) - Turning Up the Heat (2011) ... (acknowledgment)
2011
ThanksThe Loving Story
(Documentary) (special thanks - as DA Pennebaker)
2011
ThanksBy the People: The Election of Barack Obama
(Documentary) (thanks)
2009
ThanksMorris Engel: The Independent
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2008
ThanksAssume the Position 201 with Mr. Wuhl
(TV Movie) (thanks)
2007
ThanksFrom Washington to Hollywood ...And Back
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
1998
ThanksBorn in Flames
(special thanks)
1983
ThanksSoldier Girls
(Documentary) (special thanks)
1981
ThanksAll You Need Is Love
(TV Series documentary) (the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of - 1 episode) - Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Glitter Rock (1977) ... (the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: "Ziggy Stardust" from "Bowie")
1977
ThanksHarlan County U.S.A.
(Documentary) (thanks)
1976
ThanksOmnibus
(TV Series documentary) (thanks - 1 episode) - Cracked Actor (1975) ... (thanks)
1975
RoleTitleYear
SelfTiny Tim: King for a Day
(Documentary) Self
2020
SelfFraming John DeLorean
(Documentary) Self
2019
SelfBobby Kennedy for President
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self - Filmmaker - I'd Like to Serve (2018) ... Self - Filmmaker
2018
SelfD.A. Pennebaker Looks Back
(Documentary short) Self
2017
SelfJill Drew and D.A. Pennebaker
(Video documentary short) Self
2016
SelfD.A. Pennebaker: A Look Back
(Video documentary short) Self
2015
SelfD.A. Pennebaker and Bob Neuwirth on 'Don't Look Back'
(Video documentary short) Self
2015
SelfGreil Marcus and D.A. Pennebaker on 'Don't Look Back'
(Video short) Self
2015
SelfJanis: Little Girl Blue
(Documentary) Self
2015
SelfA Venue for the End of the World
(Documentary) Self
2014
SelfThe Sixties
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self - Director - Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll (2014) ... Self - Director
2014
SelfThe Oscars
(TV Special) Self - Honorary Award Recipient
2013
SelfRicky on Leacock
(Documentary)
2012
SelfMaking the War Room
(Video documentary) Self
2012
Self50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
(TV Series documentary) Self - Director, 'The War Room' - Top 10 Docs to See Before You Die (2011) ... Self - Director, 'The War Room'
2011
SelfThe Camera That Changed the World
(Documentary) Self
2011
SelfDoc Talk
(TV Series) Self - Full Frame Episode 2 (2011) ... Self - Hot Docs: Two (2010) ... Self
2010-2011
SelfThe Hour
(TV Series) Self - Episode #7.160 (2011) ... Self
2011
SelfGodard Made in USA
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2010
SelfNouvelle vague - Aussenansichten
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2009
SelfMorris Engel: The Independent
(Video documentary short) Self
2008
SelfHow It Is with Phooie
(Documentary) Self
2007
SelfAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) Self - No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... Self
2005
SelfThe 100 Greatest Pop Videos
(TV Special) Self
2005
SelfThe War Room: Filmmakers Introduction
(Video documentary short) Self
2004
SelfTribeca Film Festival Presents
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2003
SelfSee What Happens
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2003
SelfHollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s
(TV Movie documentary) Self (uncredited)
2002
SelfIndie Truth: An Inquiry Into the Documentary
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2002
SelfHollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)
(TV Movie documentary) Self (uncredited)
2000
SelfCinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment
(Documentary) (as Donn A. Pennebaker)
2000
SelfThe Ballad of Ramblin' Jack
(Documentary) Self
2000
SelfFrom Washington to Hollywood ...And Back
(Video documentary short) Self
1998
SelfTheater Talk
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker on "Moon Over Broadway" (1998) ... Self - Guest
1998
SelfLate Night with Conan O'Brien
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Jay Thomas/Directors of The War Room/The Connells (1993) ... Self - Guest
1993
SelfBefore the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
(Documentary) Reader - Film as a Visual Newspaper (voice)
1982
SelfUp Your Legs Forever
Self - Legs (uncredited)
1971
SelfTwo American Audiences: La Chinoise - A Film in the Making
(Documentary short) Self
1968
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageBobby Kennedy for President
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self - Filmmaker - A New Generation (2018) ... Self - Filmmaker
2018
Archive footageRobert Drew & Associates at the Museum of Tolerance
(Video documentary short) Self
2016
Archive footageWorld Tour 1966: The Home Movies
(Video documentary) Self (as D.A. Pennabaker)
2003