A big milestone today — we showed Pleasures to Nat Hentoff and his family for the first time. The private screening took place at the Anthology Film Archives, on Second Avenue and 2nd Street in Greenwich Village, near where he lives.
In the five years it took to make the film, Hentoff gave us full access to himself, his family and his work. He never once tried to tell me who to talk to, what questions to ask or what to say. He never asked to approve anything we did, nor did he express any disapproval.
He never saw a single frame of the film. Until today.
Before we started, I told him how much I appreciated his trust. I told him I didn’t think his attitude had anything to do with me, since he didn’t know me from a hole in the wall when we started. I told him I thought it had more to do with his respect for journalism itself.
Which is one of the reasons I wanted to make the film in the first place.
I’m happy to say he liked the film.
Here are some pictures from our discussion after the screening: