Norman Lear, arguably the most influential creative force in television history, changed the face of the small screen—and American culture—through a string of hit shows in the 1970s. Topical series such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons tackled taboos of race, class, and gender through humor and prodded audiences to confront longstanding prejudices. Masterfully crafted characters like Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker and Bea Arthur's Maude Findlay introduced progressive ideas into living rooms around the nation. Acclaimed filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady compose an artful portrait and appreciation of the incomparable Lear. Present-day interviews with the writer/producer, now 93 years old and still professionally active, underscore the thoughtfulness he employed first as he crafted his groundbreaking television series and later in his activist work, including the founding of the progressive advocacy organization People For the American Way.
NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU plays Nantucket Film Festival on Thursday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 25th.