Filming JFK

SUN, NOV 16, 2003 (1:09:52)

Thom Powers, documentary film professor at New York University, talks about the career of political documentarian Bob Drew.

In the course of a long, distinguished career following his service in World War II as one of the first American jet fighter pilots, Bob Drew worked for Life magazine, and while working with Life, came up with the idea of doing documentaries. He produced a number of documentaries, including Primary, which follows JFK and Hubert Humphrey during the Wisconsin primary, about a week of campaigning leading up to the primary election night.

Thom Powers teaches documentary filmmaking at New York University and is a freelance writer for The Boston Globe and other publications. He has been an editor for Fantagraphics books, as well as a researcher on a number of documentaries. He is currently writing a book about documentaries entitled, Stranger than Fiction that will be published by Farrar Strauss.

Partner
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Series
Filmmakers Series