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Meet the Filmmaker: Dore Hammond

Meet the Filmmaker: Dore Hammond
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to Members!
$15 for those without current membership
PLUCK (41 min.) is a New York-centric documentary written, co-directed and co-produced by Dore Hammond. Ms. Hammond was born and reared in Manhattan with a Ford model mother and an Advertising Executive father. She grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s listening to her parents' stories about dancing at black tie parties to The Count Basie Band, playing on fashion photographer's studio rooftops or Ella Fitzgerald stopping by after a performance. Hammond had always wanted to create a work that payed homage to the creative forces and glamour of the 1950s. She has done so in PLUCK with first hand accounts of the time by people who lived it at center stage. Hammond was able to interview people who were working in New York in the 1950s-1960s such as Betty Comden, Dick Hyman, Eileen Ford, Magnum photographer Burt Glinn, William F. Buckley and others. Hammond's quest to preserve their memories for posterity became the documentary film PLUCK. These New Yorkers and many others have made illustrious contributions to the culture and the arts that are often not known to a younger generation. This film is now in the permanent collection at The Hoover Institute Archives at Stanford University. Although Hammond personally interviewed all the people in the film she believes that a documentary should focus on the subject matter not the interviewer. She wanted to bring the documentary viewer into the room without her presence, so she edited out her questions and left only the replies. By editing the film in this manner she hoped it would create a casual style and the illusion you are not watching a film as much as visiting with a friend who is talking about a time in his/her life. The rapport she developed with each person she interviewed is obvious by their relaxed and conversational manner. Through the relationship she developed with her subjects, she was personally granted use of all William F. Buckley's Firing Line TV show footage, many of Burt Glinn's Magnum photographs and Dick Hyman's piano performance of Danny Boy - all kindly given gratis.

Hammond is currently producing a documentary on the painter Francis Bacon.
PLEASE RSVP VIA EMAIL or call 212-459-3630 ext. 200
Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher


Thu, June 18, 2009
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway between 37th and 38th Streets, 21st floor, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10018