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Bird by Bird with Anne -- Perhaps best known for her widely celebrated book on writing, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott is one of the rare artists who can teach us not only how to write, but how to live. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), BIRD BY BIRD WITH ANNIE offers an intimate portrait of the writer and her craft, interweaving the story of Lamott's life--in itself a deeply moving tale of addiction and redemption, grief and joy, intellect and faith--with a year's worth of interviews, public lectures, and readings, and footage of the writer at work, focusing particularly on Lamott's candid, humorous, and disarmingly straightforward advice on the struggles and joys of writing. In the end, the author's genuine reassurance and guidance concerning the actual process of writing--which has little resemblance to its glorified image--becomes a stirring call to action that celebrates the potential of each individual, the silencing of our inner critics, and the courage to create something honest, meaningful, and real. Poignant and inspirational, BIRD BY BIRD WITH ANNIE takes us deep into Anne Lamott's intoxicatingly brave world, one in which writing is a means of finding out who we are, how we live, and why we're here.


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Directed by
Freida Lee Mock 
Produced by
Freida Lee Mock .... producer
Original Music by
Isaiah Sanders 
Cinematography by
Robert Elfstrom  (as Bob Elfstrom)
Jon Else 
Terry Sanders 
Film Editing by
Ann Stein  (as Anne Stein)
Sound Department
Sara Chin .... sound recordist
Curtis Choy .... sound recordist
Saul Rouda .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Patti Lee .... assistant camera
Hilary Morgan .... assistant camera
Bruce Nolte .... assistant camera
Vanessa Schwartz .... assistant camera
Jon Shenk .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Troy Bogert .... assistant editor
Other crew
Jessica Sanders .... production assistant

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54 min


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Saw It Today - Loved It!, 1 August 1999
Author: Eve Worth from San Anselmo, California

Anne Lamott is so perfect in this as herself. When you see her, even in person, you cannot get close enough to her to actually see every nuance of expression (like you can in her writing) and that frustrates me. But the camera can and does. It captures every sly smile. Every tiny disappointment. Every weird voice high and low she gets into her repertoire as she goes through a typical day looking Anne-like. This is a wonderful film.

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