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.