Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought prime time 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 ever. Top-notch cinéma vérité documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) fashion a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Featuring interviews with the likes of George Clooney, Jay Leno, and Louise Lasser, the filmmakers reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world.

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady/USA/2016/92 min./English/Documentary Price: $13.75; JCC Member Price: $11.75

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2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival
February 9-19, 2017

The Joyce Forum
Monday, February 13, 2017