Filmfest 2017

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In 1973, David Bowie staged the legendary Rock 'n' Roll Suicide of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust on the stage of the Hammersmith Odeon. D. A. Pennebaker brings Ziggy Stardust back to life in all his androgynous glam, one of the many roles Bowie took on through his career, from "Starman", "Chemeleon" and "Thin White Duke" until taking his leave from his audience 2016 as "Black Star".

Screened as part of the Open Air LOUD & FAMOUS. Free Admission.

© 2002 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC, courtesy of RZO Music Inc., Frazer Pennebaker/Pennebaker Hegedus Films Inc. and DCD Rights Ltd.

tags: Documentary, Music, Current Affairs

With: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Woody Woodmansey


Director of Photography: Jim Desmond, Mike Davis, Nick Doob, Randy Franken, D.A. Pennebaker

Film Editor: Lorry Whitehead

Costume Design: Freddie Buretti, Kansai

Production Company: Mainman, Bewlay Bros., Miramax, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, RZO Music

Distributor: DCD Rights Ltd.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker


D. A. Pennebaker was born Donn Alan Pennebaker in Evanston, IL in 1925. As a documentarian, he pioneered the school of Direct Cinema, using hand-held camera. As director and camera man, he shot BOB DYLAN: DON’T LOOK BACK (1967), THE WAR ROOM (FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 1993) and MONTEREY POP (1968). The Munich festival has a long relationship with Pemnnebaker, screening JIMI PLAYS MONTEREY (1986), SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY (1987), TOWN BLOODY HALL (1987), THE WAR ROOM (1994) and an homage to his work with Chris Hegedus 2002.