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Don Lenzer

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Cinematography (feature film)

Smash His Camera (2010)
Features the original American paparazzo, Ron Galella. Dogged in his quest to photograph celebrities in unguarded moments, Galella defines his passion for his work by the ups and downs of his career, documenting the parade of stars at a thriving Studio 54, having the dubious honor of being sued by J
You Cannot Start Without Me-Valery Gergiev, Maestro (2009)
An intimate portrait of Russian dynamo Valery Gergiev, one of the leading conductors of our time. The film moves between rehearsal and performance sequences in major capitals around the world, and provides a glimpse of Gergiev's demanding life as administrator of the enormous Mariinsky Theater in St
Audition, The (2009)
Aspiring tenors, baritones and sopranos vie for glory on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006)
A portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential, controversial, and paradoxically mystifying artists. Andy Warhol, born in 1928, died in 1987 at age 58. As a newcomer to New York in the 1950s, he worked in fashion and advertising, illustrating shoes for I. Miller. His earliest paintings, i
Wrestling with Angels (2006)
A chronicle that reveals the rich personal and political life of Tony Kushner, the award-winning playwright and activist whose provocative and truthful work has contributed to a national dialogue on some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Music From the Inside Out (2004)
In detailing the unique five-year collaboration between Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Anker and the 105 musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra, film explores the mystery and magic of the musical experience, weaving together an eclectic mix of musical performance with the personal stories of some
Three of Hearts (2004)
Trinogomous? Marriage-a-trois? Monogamy, but with more than one person? How does one talk about the unusual relationship between Sam, Samantha and Steven? In his early twenties, Sam Cagnina, the oldest son of a mafia hit man, meets Steven, a handsome 19-year-old college student and they fall in love
In Search of Peace - Part One: 1948-1967 (2001) as Cinematographer
A historical overview of the first two decades for the nation of Israel, examining the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) as Cinematographer
For nine months prior to World War II, in an act of mercy unequalled anywhere else before the war, Britain conducted an extraordinary rescue mission, opening its doors to over 10,000 Jewish and other children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. These children, or 'kinder,' as they came to be k
I Remember Me (2000) as Cinematographer
Six years ago, director Kim Snyder was suddenly struck with flu-like symptoms so severe that she was bedridden for nearly a year. To this day, she has not fully recovered. Her mysterious illness, which baffled doctors, was finally diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This film, motivated by Snyder
Source, The (1999) as Cinematography (Documentary Sequences)
The blending of archival footage with new interviews and dramatic recreations bring the cultural history of the Beat Generation to life. Marking the birth of this countercultural movement from its inception in West Coast bohemian living in the 1950s to the hippie enclaves of San Francisco in the 196
Conversation With Gregory Peck, A (1999) as Director Of Photography
A portrait of the public persona and private life of Gregory Peck, comprising excerpts from his recent one man shows, clips from his films and unseen home-movie footage.
Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment (1998) as Director Of Photography
A portrait of entertainers Wallowitch and Ross, focussing on their respective talents for music and dance, and the love they have for one another. A musical double act for 30 years, the couple met when Ross was a principal dancer for Martha Graham and Wallowitch a gifted Juilliard student. Lovers as
Long Way Home, The (1997) as Cinematographer
Focusing on the struggle Jews faced after being released from World War II concentration camps--particularly pointing out the absurd irony of Jewish survivors being housed in "displaced persons camps," often on the same sites as death camps, surrounded by barbed wire and not allowed to leave, and mi
Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (1996) as Director Of Photography
She came to the New York City Ballet as a teenager from Ohio and captured the heart and soul of the great Mr. B, inspiring the seminal ballets of her era and setting off a fevered and bizarre star-crossed love triangle. As the greatest ballerina of her time looks back on her amazing career, she crea
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1995) as Cinematographer
A portrait of Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Civil Rights Memorial, and other major public works of art. It tells the gripping story of how an unknown student was able to create, against great odds and intense political opposition, stunning memorials with profound impa
Umbrellas (1993) as Cinematographer
A documentary chronicle about one of Christo's monumental environmentalist arts projects; the artist and his wife spent $26 million to raise more than 3,100 20-foot-high umbrellas along stretches of valleys in Japan and California.
One Hand Don't Clap (1991) as Cinematographer
Traces the history and present state of calypso and its spinoff, soca.
Christo in Paris (1990) as Additional Cinematography
In the fall of 1985, the reknowned artist Christo covers Paris' Pont-Neuf with 440,000 square feet of woven polymide fabric.
Letter to the Next Generation (1990) as Director Of Photography
An examination of the student body of Kent State University 20 years after the May 4, 1969 killing of four student activists by members of the National Guard.
Dancing For Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas (1989) as Cinematographer
Legendary choreographer George Balanchine is remembered in a documentary using recollections by members of his ballet troupe.
That Rhythm Those Blues (1988) as Cinematographer
Exploration of the black musical heritage in the United States.
Hungry Feeling: The Life and Death of Brendan Behan, A (1988) as Director Of Photography
Explores the life of irresponsible, alcoholic, IRA activist and literary celebrity Brendan Behan, using interviews with family members and associates.
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) as Camera Operator
Eddie Murphy is seen performing his stand-up act in a show that was filmed at New York City's Felt Forum in Madison Square Garden. Highlights include Murphy expounding on love, sex, and marriage in the 1980s and entertaining the audience with his celebrity impressions.
Work I've Done, The (1984) as Cinematographer
First Look (1984) as Cinematographer
In Our Hands (1983) as Camera Operator
A chronicle focusing in on the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world, which took place on June 12, 1982. One million people were in New York on what's been described as a magical day, speaking in one voice to "stop the nuclear arms race." There were forty-three volunteer camera te
Dreamland (1983) as Cinematographer
Say Amen, Somebody - The Good News Musical (1982) as Director Of Photography
The lives and music of early gospel artists are documented. Performers who are highlighted include Sallie Martin, the Barrett Sisters, and the O'Neill Brothers, but much of the focus is on the legendary singers Willie Mae Ford Smith and Thomas A. Dorsey.
Dead Ringer (1982) as Director Of Photography
A docudrama about the singer Meat Loaf combining concert footage and dramatic scenes.
Martha Clarke, Light and Dark (1981) as Cinematographer
No Nukes (1980) as Camera Operator (Battery Park)
Documentary with selections from the concert held at Madison Square Garden by Musicians United for Save Energy. The organizers of the collective were Jackson Brown, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall. The concert marked the first official appearance of Bruce Springsteen and the E Steet Band. Ot
Wizard of Waukesha, The (1979) as Cinematographer
The career of famed guitarist and band leader Les Paul is documented. Highlights from Paul's musical career included are radio performances in the 1930s, his association with Fred Waring, and recordings with his wife Mary Ford. Some of his other accomplishments and contributions to music are also co
Running Fence (1978) as Cinematographer
After a four-year struggle, the artist Christo drapes twenty-four-and-a-half miles of white nylon across the California coast.
Grateful Dead, The (1977) as Cinematographer
Not a Pretty Picture (1976) as Cinematographer
A semi-autobiographical docudrama about rape by Martha Coolidge in which she reconstructs her own rape at age 16, when a high school date with an older boy turns violent.
Road Movie (1974) as Director Of Photography
Two truckers are struggling financially and hassled by the police while on the road. During one trip, they pick up a prostitute who offers them sex for a ride into New York. When the men turn down her offer of sex, she punishes them by telling long stories about her horrible life, and finally her be
Woodstock: The Director's Cut (1970) as Cinematographer
The director¿s cut of the events of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August 1969.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Food, Inc. (2009)
The veil on our nation's food industry is lifted, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put pro
Small Wonders (1995) as Additional Photography
The inspiring story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras and her passion for teaching. A single mother, she moved to East Harlem and began teaching violin to support her family. When the Board of Education eliminated her position due to budget cuts, Roberta refused to stop. Instead she started her own non-p
High Fidelity - The Adventures of the Guarneri String Quartet (1989) as Additional Photography
A documentary portrait of the famous string quartet, which was founded in 1964 and celebrated its 25th anniversay in 1989.

Director (special)

Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling For the Future (1999) as Co-Director
Special featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman at his Long Island music camp, at Julliard with his first American teacher Dorothy DeLay and at a recording session with the Julliard Orchestra.
Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House (1995) as Director
Violinist Itzhak Perlman explores his personal affection for traditional Jewish music, ranging from Yiddish lullabies to klezmer wedding songs to classical violin solos based on Jewish themes.

Cinematography (special)

Hamptons, The (2002) as Director Of Photography
Reality-based 4 hour documentary miniseries special examining the fashionable New York summer retreat, the Hamptons and the people that vacation or live there.
Merchants of Cool, The (2001) as Additional Camera
Investigates the role of the creators and sellers of popular culture, who have made teenagers the hottest consumer demographic in the United States. Among the questions posed and examined by this documentary: Are these marketers merely reflecting a growing coarseness in teen culture, or have they he
Dogs: The Early Years (2001) as Camera
A practical perspective on the breeding, training and behavior of young dogs, along with advice on mistakes to avoid when choosing a puppy. The program also follows the story of a pup brought home to live with a puppy "socializer," to prepare him for his life as a guide dog.
Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2001) as Additional Camera
Documentary that chronicles the founding of the Sun Records label by Sam Phillips. The program features contemporary artists performing the music of Sun Records artists, including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.
Recording "The Producers": A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks (2001) as Cinematographer
Documentary that captures the behind-the-scenes story of the full-day cast-album recording session as the company lays down the score Mel Brooks expanded from his 1968 film "The Producers." The entire cast is on hand, led by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, plus director Susan Stroman and writer/c
Who's Dancing Now? (2001) as Additional Cinematography
Featuring former students of Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute, the film focuses on dance education. It explores the impact of early exposure to the arts and the potential to transform the lives of children.
Free to Dance (2001) as Director Of Photography
Special that chronicles the role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person storytelling by dancers and witnesses, the program documents how African-derived movement and European dance fused and made m
A Conversation With Gregory Peck (1999) as Director Of Photography
Gregory Peck discusses his life and career during a series of personal appearances and family outings.
Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling For the Future (1999) as Director Of Photography
Special featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman at his Long Island music camp, at Julliard with his first American teacher Dorothy DeLay and at a recording session with the Julliard Orchestra.
Jackie: Behind the Myth (1999) as Director Of Photography
Documentary about Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The program gives an intimate account of her life, framed by the times in which she lived and informed by people who knew her.
Porgy and Bess: An American Voice (1998) as Camera
Documentary exploring the history of the controversial American opera, "Porgy and Bess," written by George and Ira Gershwin. Includes footage of rehearsals and early performances of the opera, dramatizations, and interviews with singers, actors, scholars and critics.
Influenza 1918 (1998) as Cinematographer
Documentary on the flu epidemic which ravaged America starting in Spring 1918. In less than a year, the epidemic killed 675,000 people, more than died in all the wars of the 20th century combined, before disappearing as mysteriously as it began.
Margaret Sanger (1998) as Cinematographer
Profile of Margaret Sanger, pioneer feminist and birth control advocate. Combines narration with readings of quotes, archival footage, still photography, newspaper accounts, period film clips and interviews.
Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing (1997) as Camera (Documentary Unit)
A performance of American concert song by baritone Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Frederica Von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell and Jerry Hadley.
Coma (1997) as Additional Cinematography
Special focuses on alternative means of treating head trauma.
Tycoon (1995) as Camera
Documentary profile of computer mogul Bill Gates, owner of the Microsoft Corporation.
Oedipus Rex (1993) as Camera
Performance of Stravinsky's 1927 opera, "Oedipus Rex," based on Sophocles' tragedy as staged by Julie Taymor at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Oedipus, the beloved king of plague-ridden Thebes, in his attempt to discover the murderer of the previous king so that the pestilence may sub
Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary, The (1992) as Camera
A concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, featuring performances of "Rigoletto" (Act III), "Otello" (Act III), and "Die Fledermaus" (Act II).
Abbado in Berlin: The First Year (1992) as Cinematographer
A special about the Berlin Philharmonic and its new conductor Claudio Abbado, who leads the orchestra in a performance of Mahler's First Symphony.
Pavarotti and The Italian Tenor (1992) as Director Of Photography
Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti discusses his favorite tenors of the past and sings works he rarely performs.
Robert Motherwell and The New York School: Storming the Citadel (1991) as Additional Camera
A documentary focusing on the world of abstract expressionist art in New York in the 1950s and Robert Motherwell, a pioneer of the movement.
Dancing For Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas (1990) as Cinematographer
A documentary that focuses on six women whose careers as Balanchine ballerinas span four decades. The program includes footage featuring these women dancing in major works.
Bob Fosse: Steam Heat (1990) as Director Of Photography
A documentary profile of director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Includes clips from his films and television specials as well as interviews with Fosse, remembrances from his friends, and commentary by Gwen Verdon. A "Dance in America" presentation, broadcast as part of "Great Performances."
Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table, The (1987) as Camera Operator
A documentary focusing on a group of about a dozen of America's wittiest writers and performers of the 1920s and their renowned daily luncheons at the Hotel Algonquin in New York. What began as a practical joke aimed at one of the group's members became a legendary gathering that has come to symboli
Directed By William Wyler (1986) as Cinematographer
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, William Wyler was one of the most commerically successful film directors. Here the filmmaker examines clips from his most famous films and interviews with his most famous stars. Included is an interview that Wyler gave in 1981, three days before he died.
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) as Cinematographer
Biography of the Academy Award winning director including dramatic color footage of WWII.
Body Human: The Living Code, The (1983) as Director Of Photography
An informational special about genes, the blueprint for heredity in all living things in which are encoded the messages for growth of all organisms. Several real-life examples are given, and the latest medical technology is examined.
Body Human: The Body Beautiful, The (1983) as Director Of Photography
An Emmy Award-winning informational special providing a view of the human being and its outward appearance, which affects and is affected by its intricate internal systems, and innovative breakthroughs in surgical body sculpture that can reconstruct the body when it is innately imperfect or damaged.

Film Production - Main (special)

Drinking Apart: Families Under the Influence (2000) as Photography
Documentary focusing on the impact of substance abuse on personal relationships. Three New York City families from different walks of life attempt to rebuild their lives in the wake of alcohol and drug addictions. Shot in their homes and in therapy sessions.
Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood (1999) as Additional Photography
Documentary profiling the tempestuous association between two of the greatest figures in Hollywood history, producer David O. Selznick and director Alfred Hitchcock, whose clashes played out dramatically against the backdrop of the disintegrating institution of the Hollywood studio system.
Defending Our Daughters: The Rights of Women in the World (1998) as Additional Photography
Documentary focusing on the abuse of women's rights in various countries including Pakistan, Egypt and Bosnia. while also highlighting the work of activists worldwide.
Friends For Life: Living With AIDS (1998) as Photography
Documentary examining the lives of children living with HIV and AIDS.
Russia's Last Tsar (1996) as Photography
Documentary chronicles the opulent life and brutal death of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Imperial family. Also included are family photos from the former Soviet Union archives, excerpts from the diaries of Nicholas and Alexandra, film footage of Nicholas II's coronation and scientific identifica
Martha Stewart's: Welcome Home For the Holidays (1996) as Additional Photography
Lifestyle authority Martha Stewart offers her suggestions for holiday decorating, cooking and entertaining.
Lost Kingdoms of the Maya (1993) as Photography
Documentary presenting new evidence concerning the abrupt collapse of Maya civilization after 700 years of great achievements.
Made in America? (1992) as Photography
A two-part special examining American industry, standard of living and future economic health.
Stations of Bach, The (1990) as Photography
A documentary focusing on the life and music of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Siskel & Ebert Special, The (1990) as Photography
A special hosted by film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who examine the film industry through interviews with directors, actors, and other Hollywood personalities.
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989) as Photography
A documentary profiling the life and work of writer James Baldwin.
I Have AIDS -- A Teenager's Story: A 3-2-1 Contact Extra (1988) as Photography
A special "3-2-1 Contact" episode which addresses some of the questions and concerns children have about AIDS. Sixteen-year-old Ryan White, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion, is the focus of the special. The program uses simple animation to explain how the AIDS virus atta
Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life For Me (1988) as Photography
A documentary examining the life and work of Lillian Gish. The "American Masters" presentation includes a personal interview, film clips and photographs of some of her most memorable performances.
Horowitz Plays Mozart (1988) as Photography
A behind-the-scenes look at a recording session in Milan of Mozart's Concerto No 23 in A Major with Vladimir Horowitz, conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, and the Orchestra of La Scala.

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