D .A. Pennbaker still remembers the man with the wiry gray hair and the sunglasses, sitting across from him in his office and posing an innocent enough question. “He asked, ‘Would you like to come along on a tour with my client? His name is Bob Dylan.’ It sort of rang a bell.” The 90-year-old filmmaker lets out a raspy chuckle before continuing to speak at his customary rapid clip. “He had one song, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’,’ that had been playing on the radio and that’s about all I knew. But I’d just done this 15-minute film on a jazz vocalist, Dave Lambert…and at that moment, I’d been sort of making these shorts and then putting them in a box, because there was no market for them. So when Albert [Grossman, Dylan’s manager] brought up this tour, I thought, ‘Oh, another musician. Here’s my chance.’ And maybe that would be the start of something.” 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries History will confirm that yes, it was most definitely the start of something. Pennebaker would accompany the then–23-year-old singer-songwriter to England for a brief 1965 spring tour, bringing along his customized sync-sound 16mm camera and capturing several Dylan performances — as well as lots of backstage banter, backroom deals, after-party shenanigans, press conferences, put-downs, temper tantrums, rabid fans and one of the most uncomfortable troubadour-vs.-troubadour encounters ever caught on celluloid. The result, released two years later under the title Don’t Look Back, would become the definitive visual portrait of the artist as he prepared to go from folksinging poet/prophet to pop-music gamechanger.
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The dramatic, tempestuous career of Britpop icons Oasis will be retold through a documentary created by the filmmakers behind the Amy Winehouse doc, Amy . Paul McCartney to Oasis: ‘Get Together and Make Good Music’ Amy director Asif Kapadia will act as executive producer with filmmaker Mat Whitecross directing. Amy producer James Gay Rees will also be producing the film, which has neither a title or release date yet. Distributor Independent will make an official announcement with more details on the project within the next week, but Independent’s managing director Andrew Orr spoke with Screen Daily about the project. “Oasis are without a doubt one of the classic British rock bands, selling 70 million albums worldwide and defining the sound of a whole era,” he said. “At its heart are Liam and Noel Gallagher, two of the finest rock and roll stars this country has ever produced. Mat’s sensibility and style are going to provide the perfect complement to this tale of the rise of one of the great rock and roll bands.” Neither Noel or Liam Gallagher have commented on the project, though NME reports that Independent and the documentary’s filmmakers have been given “unprecedented access to the band and unseen archive footage.” Noel quit the band in 2009 after 18 years together. “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight,” he wrote on the band’s website soon after a cancelled gig in Paris