PBS Documentary Films

PBS Documentary Films

Robert Drew

PBS Documentary Films

LA Champions

PBS Documentary Films

Shootout on Imperial Hwy

In 1984 I received a call from documentary producer, Robert Drew.  I shot several award winning PBS Documentary Films for the Frontline series with him, including:

  • || Warnings From Gangland (1984-85) A Los Angeles gang attacks a grocer and his family who fight back with the aid of the police and the courts. 58 minutes. Broadcast “Frontline”, PBS.
  • || Shootout on Imperial Highway (1984-85) Los Angeles gang goes to jail where its members tell their side of their war with a grocer, his family and the police, all of whom meet again in a Los Angeles courtroom. 58 minutes. Broadcast “Frontline,” PBS.
  • ||For Auction, An American Hero|| For Auction: An American Hero (1985-86) Auctioneer travels Nebraska disposing of farms, farmers and one of America’s great traditions. 58 minutes. Broadcast PBS. duPont/Columbia Award; Best Documentary. Emmy Nomination. Nyon Festival; Special Recognition. Cine Golden Eagle.
  • || Your Flight is Cancelled (1988-89) World’s busiest airport when a thunderstorm strikes. 45 minutes. Broadcast “Frontline,” PBS. Emmy Nomination, ’88.
  • || L.A. Champions (1994) High school basketball captains are celebrated as they contest for the championship, then graduate into lawless, jobless streets of South Central L.A. 58 Minutes. Funded CPB Broadcast PBS.

Robert Drew and the Development of Cinema Verite in America

PBS Documentary Films

For Auction: An American Hero

PBS Documentary Films

For Auction: An American Hero

PBS Documentary Films

For Auction: An American Hero

Robert Drew assembled a group of journalists and filmmakers — among them Richard Leacock, Gregory Shuker, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles, James Lipscomb, Hope Ryden, Mike Jackson, Tom Bywaters, Anne Drew, and later Marc Curtis. Robert Drew managed the engineering of lightweight cameras and recorders and developed editing techniques to allow stories to tell themselves through characters in action.

In 1960 Robert Drew planned, produced, recorded sound and managed the editing of “Primary,” the first film in which the sync-sound motion picture camera was able to move freely with characters throughout a breaking story (John F. Kennedy campaigning for President in Wisconsin). “Primary” was recognized as a breakthrough in documentary filmmaking (Robert Flaherty Award, American Film Festival Blue Ribbon).

For this body of work The International Documentary Association named Robert Drew the recipient of the IDA Career Achievement Award. Robert Drew continued to make award-winning PBS Documentary films well into his 80s. He passed away on July 30, 2014.

PBS Documentary Films

For Auction: An American Hero

PBS Documentary Films

Your Flight is Canceled

PBS Documentary Films

Warnings From Gangland

“For Auction: An American Hero” interweaves the story of the Kolbos, whose family had been farming the same land since 1883, when Mr Kolbo’s grandparents emigrated from Norway, and auctioneer Leo Wolf, whose own family’s land was sold at auction in 1939, when Mr. Wolf was 9 years old. – See more at: Drew Associates

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