F11 AND BE THERE
A documentary by Jethro Waters
For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King to Woodstock to America’s small towns and back roads, Uzzle’s photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art.
Grounded in documentary photography when he was hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, Uzzle’s work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure at the international Magnum cooperative (founded by one of his mentors, Henri Cartier-Bresson).
An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, F11 and Be There captures the life and artistry of this most unique American photographer.
Austin Film Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Riverrun International Film Festival
“With its behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s best photographic practitioners and its depiction of a man with the soul of a true artist, F/11 and Be There should be required viewing for aspiring artists everywhere. In a world filled with darkness, this film shines a little light.”
– Rod Machen, Cinapse
“A great photograph invites contemplation. Burk Uzzle’s work somehow goes a step further, ushering the viewer into a meditative state. The pulse quiets, the mind clears of distraction when looking at a Burk Uzzle picture. That quality of both arresting time and the viewer’s attention has remained consistent throughout Uzzle’s career, which began more than 65 years ago. The full breadth of his contributions comes into frame in this new documentary.”
– Matthew Carey, Nonfictionfilm.com
Directed by Jethro Waters | 84 minutes | In English | 2018