Pioneers

Leo Hurwitz was one of the fathers of American documentary film, not just because he made some of the most significant political films of the '30s and '40s, but because he was at the hub of a circle of filmmakers that included Paul Strand, Ralph Steiner and Irving Lerner, among others. Several of his most interesting films anticipate key moments in the evolution of independent film in America, and he was around for some important moments in history as well.

So the upcoming retrospective of his work and that of his friends, colleagues and collaborators, "Leo Hurwitz and the New York School of Documentary Film," which opens at Anthology Film Archives a week from today, is worthy of notice. My review appears here.

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