The NY Film Critics Series Spring Series recently screened the documentary, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”. Norman Lear is a very influential creator, writer, and producer. His shows include, “All In The Family”, “Maude”, “Good Times”, and “The Jeffersons”.
The documentary follows the journey of Lear’s life including his family, his career and political activism. Not only do you get to learn more about the man who created these successful and memorable television shows, but you also got to see how passionate he is about his work. Now at the age of 93, Norman is currently working on a new Netflix series, “One Day at a Time”.
Throughout the film, Norman often discusses his childhood. The film follows a young boy who seems to be re-enacting memories from Norman’s past.
Guest interviews in the film included George Clooney, Russell Simmons, and Rob Reiner. Not only did they discuss how influential Norman is, but viewers also get to see how they reacted when watching clips of his television shows.
Following the screening was a Q&A with one of the directors of the film, Heidi Ewing hosted by Allison Bailes. Heidi really connected with the audience as she described the experience working on this film.
Heidi met Norman Lear when working on the film, Makers: Women in Comedy. At that time he was working on his book, Even This I Get to Experience. Following his book, Norman agreed to working with Heidi and her co-director Rachel Grady.
The documentary premiered the opening night of Sundance this year. Even though Norman was given the opportunity to watch the film ahead of time, he decided to wait until the premiere to see it for the first time. Heidi told the audience how Norman was very happy with how the film turned out and loved it.
When asked what Heidi wanted the audience to take away from the film she answered that Norman does not take anything for granted.
We really enjoyed the film and learning more about Norman Lear.
The film will open in NYC on July 8th with a special appearance by Norman. The film will then be available on PBS in October and will follow with Netflix.