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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -- A documentary on the phenomenon caused by Harper Lee's novel and its movie adaptation.
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -- It is our national novel. Reading to Kill a Mockingbird is something we all have in common. Harper Lee's first and only novel turns 50 this year and the author hasn't given an interview since 1964 or published a second book. A cultural history. A lively appreciation featuring compelling itnerviews with Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, James McBride, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow,Oprah Winfrey & Andrew Young.


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Mary Badham ... Herself
Jane Beasley ... Harper Lee (voice)
Rick Bragg ... Himself

Tom Brokaw ... Himself

Rosanne Cash ... Herself
Donna Coney Island ... Idabel Tompkins (voice)
Alice Finch Lee ... Herself
Bob Mayer ... Truman Capote (voice)
Bob Mayer ... Truman Capote (voice)
James McBride ... Himself

Jon Meacham ... Himself
James Patterson ... Himself
Anna Quindlen ... Herself
Richard Russo ... Himself
Christopher Seward ... Reporter / Maurice Crain (voice)
Scott Turow ... Himself
Jennifer Laird White ... Tay Hohoff (voice)

Oprah Winfrey ... Herself
Andrew Young ... Himself

Directed by
Mary McDonagh Murphy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mary McDonagh Murphy 

Produced by
Bryony Kockler .... associate producer
Mary McDonagh Murphy .... executive producer
Mary McDonagh Murphy .... producer
Caitlin Tartaro .... producer
Cinematography by
Rich White 
Film Editing by
Mary Alfieri 
Sean Frechette 
Fran Gullo 
Chris Seward 
Art Department
Lindsay Blatt .... photograph editor
Sound Department
Rick Albright .... additional sound
Alex Barnes .... additional sound
Dave Barnes .... additional sound
Jonathan Bloom .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Markle .... sound mixer
Hunter Nichols .... additional sound
Jack Norflus .... sound recordist
Mark Roy .... additional sound
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Visual Effects by
Rich Nehmad .... visual effects
Richard Nehmad .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barry .... additional photography
Robert Breeland .... additional photography
Jackson Fager .... assistant camera
Rob Fortunato .... additional photography
Editorial Department
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Stewart Griffin .... on-line editor
Fred Soffa .... additional editing
Phil Tangel .... additional editing
Patricia Troyan .... additional editing
Music Department
Patrick Bowsher .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Lindsey Blatt .... photo researcher
Megan Axthelm Brown .... production assistant
Tommy Buckley .... production assistant
Elizabeth Buerger .... production assistant
Romy Heder .... production assistant
Rich Remsberg .... photo researcher
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Melissa Totten .... photo researcher
Bob Minzesheimer .... very special thanks
Raymond F. Murphy Jr. .... very special thanks
Judy Tygard .... very special thanks


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78 min | USA:82 min

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Birth of a Novel, 18 February 2012
Author: Forn55 from United States

In this engaging documentary film, director/writer Mary Murphy explores both the background to and impact of author Harper Lee's enormously influential and well-loved 1960 novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Drawing upon a host of resources including: interviews with residents of Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama and personal friends of the author's; film footage of civil rights demonstrations in the U.S. south during the early and mid-1960's; commentary by a host of celebrities (Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow and many others); still photographs; and scenes from the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck, Murphy weaves together a compelling portrait of the gestation of a literary novel. "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- which won a Pulitzer Prize -- is one of those rare books that manages both to look back in time to small-town southern life in the 1930's and also forward to the racial and social issues surrounding the civil rights struggles of the 1960's. It has rightly become a touchstone of American literature in the 50+ years since its publication. It is to filmmaker Murphy's credit that -- while not scanting the civil rights' issues the book antedates -- she keeps the major focus of this 2010 film upon the book and its author. By so doing, she manages to augment the viewer's sense of the book's impact; understatement possesses a quiet power that overblown rhetoric cannot touch.

At 78 running minutes, "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'" is not a long film documentary, but it pulls the viewer in and commands attention. It is delightfully funny in some places (novelist Allan Gurganus' reminiscing about novelist Truman Capote -- a childhood friend of Lee's -- comes to mind); horrifying in others, and -- like the book it examines -- ultimately moving.

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