About The Film
Perhaps the most influential writer and producer in the history of television receives an affectionate and thoughtful appraisal in NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU.
The creator of such beloved shows as All in the Family, Maude, and The Jeffersons, Lear made an indelible imprint on American culture. Using comedy and enduring characters to tackle hot-button social issues, his 1970s primetime hits prompted household debates on race, class and gender equality. From a poor Jewish upbringing in Connecticut and army service in WWII, to his steady rise through show business ranks, Lear’s colorful story comes alive via a treasure trove of personal archives and adored TV moments. Now in his nineties, Lear is as sharp as ever, watching and reacting to excerpts from his work. George Clooney, Rob Reiner, Mel Brooks, Carroll O’Connor, Beatrice Arthur, and Sherman Hemsley, among others, provide spot-on testimonials.
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady fashion a definitive profile of a masterful showrunner who changed not only the face of television, but the national discourse.