Directed by: Luke Poling & Tom Bean
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He cultivated a “father-son” relationship with Hemingway. He hobnobbed with everyone from JFK to Hugh Hefner. He played in the NFL, NHL, and MLB, and even got in the ring with a light-heavyweight champion. And he helped launch the careers of the likes of Philip Roth, Adrienne Rich, and William Styron. In short, George Plimpton accomplished what most people only dream about—many times over.
Plimpton originated the genre of “participatory journalism” in the 1960s with a belief that entering into an activity, rather than simply observing it, would lead to truer, more vivid writing. By living out many a sports fan’s dream of stepping onto a professional field, Plimpton provided radical access to the life of an athlete. But while his forays into participatory journalism earned him notoriety as the “most famous amateur in the world,” his real passion was editing The Paris Review, which has published countless literary giants before they were known. It was for this magazine that Plimpton conceived of the Writers at Work series, in which heavy hitters like Hemingway and Faulker opened up about their craft.
This fast-paced, cleverly edited documentary combines never-before-seen personal footage and photographs with clips from television specials narrated by Plimpton and interviews with those closest to him. The result is a dazzling portrait of a witty, fearless man who truly lived life as an adventure.