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Clint 'Eastwood Directs' Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca, Followed by Panel with Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2013 at 12:44PM

WBHE's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" will have its premiere April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28), followed by a panel with Clint Eastwood, moderated by Darren Aronofsky.
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WBHE's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" will have its premiere April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28), followed by a panel with Clint Eastwood, moderated by Darren Aronofsky.

The new doc is yet another walk with Eastwood from his buddy, TIME veteran film critic and historian Richard Schickel, who has made a career out of celebrating the prolific actor-producer-star.  He penned a  hagiographic but readable biography, another retrospective book and the film "The Eastwood Factor." Here he focuses on Eastwood's directorial style as experienced by many of his closest collaborators. Included interviewees are Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman.

Eastwood is now a five-time Oscar winner, and has made more than 40 films with Warner Bros. over his long career. He also serves as a model for many smart actors to follow, from Clooney to Affleck: control your career by choosing your own cost-effective projects, star in them when appropriate, and don't follow the money.

"Eastwood Directs" will be released on June 4 as part of an Eastwood 40-film collection (on DVD) and an Eastwood 20-film collection (on Blu-ray). It has its TV debut on TCM on May 30.

This article is related to: Tribeca Film Festival, Festivals, Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood, Documentary, Documentaries, Darren Aronofsky, DVD / Blu-Ray


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.