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directed by Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN
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directed by Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker
by Bill Chambers With the advent (moreover, the industry-wide acceptance) of digital video, married partners in documentary-making Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker are more prolific than ever before. Artisan just released their two latest projects, Down from the Mountain and Startup.com, on DVD, and though the former is a concert film and the latter takes an inside look at the Internet boom, they sit together comfortably in the directors' joint oeuvre. Consider that, between filming such music legends as Jerry Lee Lewis and Jerry Garcia, the pair has all but specialized in youthfully arrogant subjects--star Clinton campaigner George Stephanopoulos in The War Room, for example. There's even been some crossover: Without Hegedus, Pennebaker captured both Bob Dylan (Don't Look Back) and David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) on the cusp of fame, the former abandoning artificiality, the latter embracing it to essentially the same end.