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Also Known As: Ricky Leacock Died: March 23, 2011
Born: July 18, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: filmmaker, educator

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Leacock began his film career working on Robert Flaherty's "Louisiana Story" (1948) and collaborated with several other noted documentarians before forming his own production company with Robert Drew in 1958. While at Drew Associates, he turned out a number of TV documentaries, including the innovative "Living Camera" series, which established him as a pioneering figure of American "direct cinema" (a movement similar to, and concurrent with, France's "cinema verite"). Leacock has also worked with Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker (with whom he formed a production company in 1963), and played his first dramatic part as one of the "johns" in Lizzie Borden's "Working Girls" (1986). His late brother Philip Leacock was a director and producer of both film and television. His son Robert and daughter Victoria are also filmmakers.

Leacock began his film career working on Robert Flaherty's "Louisiana Story" (1948) and collaborated with several other noted documentarians before forming his own production company with Robert Drew in 1958. While at Drew Associates, he turned out a number of TV documentaries, including the innovative "Living Camera" series, which established him as a pioneering figure of American "direct cinema" (a movement similar to, and concurrent with, France's "cinema verite"). Leacock has also worked with Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker (with whom he formed a production company in 1963), and played his first dramatic part as one of the "johns" in Lizzie Borden's "Working Girls" (1986). His late brother Philip Leacock was a director and producer of both film and television. His son Robert and daughter Victoria are also filmmakers.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Lulu in Berlin (1984) Director
4.
  Light Coming Through (1980) Director
5.
  Murals Without Walls (1978) Director
6.
  Centerbeam (1978) Director
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  Visit to Monica, A (1974) Director
9.
  Tread (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Son of Gascogne, The (1995) Himself
3.
 Sherman's March (1986) Narration
4.
 One American Movie/1 A.M. (1971) Himself
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1948:
Worked as a cameraman on Robert Flaherty's "Louisiana Story"
1954:
Wrote and directed "Toby and the Tall Corn" for the cultural TV program, "Omnibus"
1958:
Formed Drew Associates with LIFE magazine editor Robert Drew
1960:
Worked on Robert Drew's film "Primary," an intimate observation of a primary election with Democratic hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey
1963:
Formed Leacock-Pennebaker, Inc. with D.A. Pennebaker
1969:
Appointed head of Film Department at MIT
1976:
Appointed president of Film Study Center at Hampshire College
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
Dartington Hall: Totnes , Devon - 1934 - 1938

Notes

For more information see bio for PENNEBAKER, D.A.

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companion:
Valerie Lalonde. Documentarian.

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brother:
Philip Leacock. Director, producer. Born in London, England on October 8, 1917; died in 1990.
son:
Robert Leacock. Filmmaker.
daughter:
Victoria Leacock. Filmmaker.

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