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. Top—notch cinema verite 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. — Caroline Libresco
“Just Another Version of You condenses a substantial amount of information and perspective into a crisp, concise 91 minutes.”—Variety
“...Ewing and Grady, who co-directed the justly admired Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, and DETROPIA together, have opted for a more personal, intimate look at their subject which pays its own pleasurable dividends. Instead of serving up just the usual chronological clip reel of career highlights, the directors have added in a meta layer by having the camera watch Lear himself as he watches excerpts from his work.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“Ewing and Grady effectively show the anti-establishment ripple effect of his achievements.”—IndieWire
Official Selection SUNDANCE Film Festival