Last night Francesco and I visited the TriBeCa Film Festival, where we got to see ‘Zen of Bennett’– a documentary narrative about the life of Tony Bennett. Now, besides the fact that I am an Italian girl from New Jersey which essentially makes Bennett as much a necessity as Sunday sauce and meatballs, I have four documentary films on the burner this year, so it was an amazing opportunity to see what’s going on in the film world, specifically in the realm of biographic narratives.
The style and approach to this film was fresh and candid– using tilt shift lenses and almost exclusively tight, handheld shots, this documentary provided an interesting and thoughtful look into an extraordinary life without the overuse of ‘talking head’ interviews full of baseline facts and contrived shoot scenarios. The narrative flowed seamlessly, delving well below the surface, speaking thoughtfully on who Tony Bennett is, not simply what he has done.
Denny Bennett, son of Tony Bennett, produced and directed the film, as a gift and tribute to the life of his dad. We are equally fortunate to keep the cameras rolling and create the narrative for the stories of our clients’ lives. It was inspiring to see such a well done work, and it solidifies our confidence in our own aesthetic approach to documentary filmmaking.