MY EYES WERE FRESH: THE LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF JOHN GUTMANN DIRECTED BY JANE LEVY REEDJLR FILM USA, 2006, 30 MIN
John Gutmann fled Nazi Germany and settled in San Francisco where he found success as a documentary and commercial photographer. With a portable Rolleiflex and a foreigner's fresh eye, Gutmann chronicled the stormy American century starting with Depression-era strikes and fascist demonstrations. Based on archival interviews with Gutmann and the photographer's personal photographs of Breslau, Berlin and San Francisco, this film examines the breadth of Gutmann's unique vision.
SAVING JAZZ DIRECTED BY LESLIE WOODHEAD; BBC UK, 2006, 60 MIN
Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington: Herman Leonard photographed such jazz legends in iconic, smoky black and white pictures that received belated recognition in the late 80s. At 83, Leonard returns to his home in New Orleans to rue the damage unleashed by Hurricane Katrina and to salvage his surviving images. This poignant film weaves the story of American jazz and the reconstruction of New Orleans together with a photographer's struggle to preserve a part of his country's heritage.