D. A. Pennebaker made his filmmaking debut with the 1953 short Daybreak Express, set to a Duke Ellington song. In 1959, he joined Drew Associates, a group of filmmakers organized by Robert Drew which developed the first portable 16mm synchronized camera and sound system. This technological development helped Pennebaker and his colleagues establish what became known as « Cinema Vérité». Out of this new style of filmmaking came such classics as Don't Look Back (1965) and Monterey Pop (1968). His most recent film, with Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob, is Down From the Moutain based on the music of Joel and Ethan Coen's O Brother Where Art Thou ?
After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts, Chris Hegedus began her career as a cameraperson for the the University of Michigan Hospital. In 1975, she moved to New York City where she worked as director of photogaphy on Lizzie Borden's controversial feminist film, Born in Flames. Her collaboration with D. A. Pennebaker began in 1976 with Town Bloody Hall and continued with other famous music documentaries they co-directed on Jimi Hendix, John Lennon, Otis Redding, as well as the Oscar nominated The War Room, about bill Clinton's 1993 presidential campaign. Her most recent film is Startup.com.