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Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott (1999)

Anne Lamott , Freida Lee Mock  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anne Lamott
  • Directors: Freida Lee Mock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KL3H3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Perhaps best known for her widely celebrated book on writing, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott is one of the rare artists who can teach us not only how to write, but how to live.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), BIRD BY BIRD WITH ANNIE offers an intimate portrait of the writer and her craft, interweaving the story of Lamott's life - in itself a deeply moving tale of addiction and redemption, grief and joy, intellect and faith - with a year's worth of interviews, public lectures, and readings, and footage of the writer at work, focusing particularly on Lamott's candid, humorous, and disarmingly straightforward advice on the struggles and joys of writing. In the end, the author s genuine reassurance and guidance concerning the actual process of writing - which has little resemblance to its glorified image - becomes a stirring call to action that celebrates the potential of each individual, the silencing of our inner critics, and the courage to create something honest, meaningful, and real.

Poignant and inspirational, BIRD BY BIRD WITH ANNIE takes us deep into Anne Lamott's intoxicatingly brave world, one in which writing is a means of finding out who we are, how we live, and why we're here.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Lamott is an inspiration August 6, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this film after reading "Bird by Bird" and "Hard Laughter" and found that Anne Lamott was just as I expected her to be...funny, sentimental, sometimes emotional, caring, loving, kind, passionate and considerate. She truly is a beautiful person who has grown through pain and talks very candidly about her faith and what it takes to get to a place in one's life where it feels good to be alive. I laughed and I cried when watching this video and really appreciated her honesty about the things she has struggled with. She has a lot of strength.
I recommend this film and ALL of her work. Brilliant.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Anne Lamott!! March 16, 2002
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I love this Video! I am a Lamott fan and first heard her on a radio show. I was attracted to her wit and humor BUT that humor and wit (as with so many comedians) was clearly grounded in deep personal pain and suffering. So, I started reading her books and was pleased when this short video became available! It is short! Only an hour long, but it follows Anne through some interesting vignettes in a one year period of her life. There is one scene where she presides over the gay marriage/wedding of two men in an outdoor wedding ceremony that may not be for all or appreciated by some. Other than that I liked her letting us in to her life to show us that one can lift themselves from rock bottom of addiction and suffering. There is a scene of Anne with a piece of paper, a bottle of white out, and her writing on the page looks like that of a school child's!!! Yes, she writes like all of us did, excrutiatingly trying to get something, ANYTHING!, down on paper.
In another scene, she takes her son to an old age retirement nursing home. Although a successful writer, her sprirituality still is in front as she reaches out to others. There are many church scenes in the movie where apparently the churches that she belongs to have sustained her and helped her come out of her addiction and alcoholism. Some of the church scenes could have been edited down a tad but this is a minor complaint.
When she is shown speaking at Book Fairs, there are shots of her audience. Many in the audience respond to Anne and connect with her and others are shown bored out of their gourds! and/or not knowing quite how to take this quirky lady! That's OK. That's Anne!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but dated profile May 22, 2009
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This is a film record of Anne Lamott's lecture on writing dating back to around 1998. It provides some insight into the person I consider one of the greatest writers of the Baby Boomer generation. But since Annie is so topical (and since this is in truth intended as snapshot in time), some of the material is dated like a Johnny Carson monologue. But it's still enjoyable and well worth owning for Lamott fans. I would love to have something similar that was made in 2009.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For a time when the world tries to bring you down April 7, 2010
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After reading bird by bird for the first time it became a book I returned to everytime I couldn't write or I couldn't find any good reasons to keep on writing, or just simply when everybody laughed about my desire to bring words into the page, somehow Annie Lamott saved me every time, just like this film portrait will do the same, an experience to charge energy like those who attended her seminars.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Lamott April 19, 2009
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Anne Lamott is one of the finest writers of fiction and nonfiction in America! Her book, Bird by Bird, has proved extremely useful to me in my own writing, and in a Creative Writing class I teach. I will be ordering the DVD to show to my students this summer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste July 8, 2014
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I have read Bird By Bird and it's an excellent book, but typically I don't like films where writers talk about their mundane lives (which is so much like yours and mines) as opposed to discussing writing and their experience as writers (ideas, plotting, publishing, writers, what they've learned, etc.). It was okay, but not very enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's a Bird! May 11, 2014
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After reading many of Anne Lamott's books, it was a treat to see and hear her. She seems to be a very good teacher as well as a writer and speaker. This film completed the portrait.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anne Lamott is great, just not the documentary format. December 14, 2013
By Truckle
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I liked the scenes which showed her growing up, the background of her life, but the scenes of her reading or giving lectures were a little over-long. I watched 'Speaking In Strings', a documentary that followed the famous violinist Nadia Salerno Sonnenberg. That is a documentary format that was nominated for an Academy award, and for good reason. It really kept you 'engaged' with the essence of the person underneath all the fame. You felt the vulnerability, the strength, the high's and lows of her being. I watch it again and again because it's so inspiring.
This .... well .... doesn't come anywhere near that level. This is not to say Anne Lamott isn't inspiring, I just didn't think as highly of the documentary format.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting video about the ebb and tide of life
This is a great dvd about writing and faith at the same time. Anne Lamott has a great sense of humor and is very down to earth. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gratefulinflorida
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I think Anne Lamott is a great writer and I enjoy her humor in her books and also the depth of feelings and encouragement of faith.
Published 10 months ago by Beach Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and honest.
Funny and honest from a great writer. Love the black gospel music and the Bay area insights. If you like documentaries about writers, you will like this.
Published 13 months ago by loyce s hooker
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it, but I like the Author
I am not sure that someone that is not familiar with this Author would have any interest at all in watching it.
Published 15 months ago by R. Shifferd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Annie Lamott!
I have almost all of her books but have also ordered them to listen toon audible just to take notes for my own writing (All of her non-fiction. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Maitri Libellule
5.0 out of 5 stars A lifeline for writers
I am an old person but a new writer struggling to find ways to say what I need to say. I have watched this video 4 times in two days and that includes the extras. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by salt lake joan
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
Anne Lamott's writing or ideas are not worth the time of day. Let alone a film.
Published on April 18, 2009 by Hap Cluff
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