Honorary Award recipient DA Pennebaker during the 2012 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, Saturday, December 1.

And the Oscar goes to…D.A. Pennebaker!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded D.A. “Penny” Pennebaker a Lifetime Achievement Oscar on December 1, 2012. Pennebaker and his wife and partner, Chris Hegedus, are currently making a film about the Nonhuman Rights Project’s efforts to secure legal rights for nonhuman animals.

Fellow documentarian Michael Moore and Senator Al Franken presented Pennebaker with the award, the first Honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar to be given to a documentarian. Pennebaker and his team, probably best known for such documentaries as “Don’t Look Back,” “Monterey Pop” and the Oscar-nominated “The War Room,” have already begun filming the work of the NhRP.

The film crew has been following the Steve Wise and other members of the team as they travel the country and talk with legal experts and scientists, speak at conferences, and visit animals who may become plaintiffs in our upcoming suits. They even sit through all-day sessions in which the team hashing out details of all the research that’s involved in putting our first cases together. (Most of that won’t make its way into the movie, but the work the film crew does is very comprehensive!)

Congratulations on all of your achievements, Penny! The NhRP is deeply honored to be the subject of your next film.


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