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 such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is the definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear’s life, work, and achievements, but it is so much more than an arm’s-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Top-notch cinéma vérité documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, 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.
Ewing co-directed the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp, a startling chronicle of Christian fundamentalism through the eyes of children; Detropia, is a look at Ewing's hometown Detroit, and what its demise and renewal mean to the country. She is currently working on The Arrivals, a love story about two undocumented immigrants in search of a path to legalization. Other notable films include The Boys of Baraka, The Education of Mohammad Hussein, and Freakonomics.
Rachel Grady co-directed Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp, and NAACP Image Award winner The Boys of Baraka along with Heidi Ewing. She won a Peabody award for 12th and Delaware and recently co-directed Detropia, an arresting exploration of Detroit City. The film won an editing award at the Sundance Film Festival, and an Emmy award. Grady resides in Brooklyn, New York.