Directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachael Grady
United States, 2016, 92 mins.
Norman Lear is arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television. His legendary 1970s TV shows All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Maude used comedy and unforgettable characters to boldly crack open a cultural dialogue and shift the national consciousness about class, race, faith, and feminism. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s film offers a rich and layered portrait of the extraordinary 93-year-old Mr. Lear that reveals a man whose extraordinary social and cultural contributions emerged from both his personal story and an ongoing dialogue with the world.