Part of Penny Lane: In Focus
Penny Lane has been making innovative nonfiction films for over a decade, including three features – The Pain of Others, NUTS! and Our Nixon – and about a dozen short films. She has recently been honoured with a Vanguard Award by the San Francisco Documentary Festival, a Breakthrough Award by Chicken & Egg, and a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.
Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. Following the Watergate scandal, the films remained locked up in an government safe for forty years but Penny Lane dusted them off to craft this ambitious and enthralling portrait of the Nixon presidency. Earning her a reputation as an exciting new voice in non-fiction storytelling, Lane’s debut feature is a playful and pertinent commentary on the line between privacy and politics.
+ Q&A with director Penny Lane.