Los Angeles (AP) - Oscar-winning US documentary filmmaker DA Pennebaker is dead. He died at the age of 94 last Thursday at his home on Long Island, citing as the "Hollywood Reporter" and other US media the son Frazer Pennebaker reported. In 2013, Pennebaker was honored with a honorary Oscar for his life's work.
In the 1960s, Pennebaker was one of the pioneers of "direct cinema", which dealt with authenticity and the portrayal of everyday life and often filmed with a handheld camera. He dealt primarily with topics of rock and pop music. For example, he portrayed Bob Dylan on his 1965 tour of Britain in "Dont Look Back" (1967). The concert film "Monterey Pop" mirrored the legendary festival in Monterey, California, in 1967, featuring Janis Joplin and others Jimi Hendrix performed.
In the documentary "The War Room," Pennebaker dealt with Bill Clinton's US Presidential campaign in 1992. Pennebaker often worked with his wife, documentary filmmaker Chris Hegedus, with whom he had been married since 1982.