Lee Grant Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Lee Grant

Interviewed by: Barbara Kopple

Actor/Director Lee Grant (Nobody’s Child, Down and Out in America) discusses her long career in entertainment and transitioning from being an award-winning actress to an award-winning director of documentaries, movies for television and feature films.

Lee Grant discusses her Academy Award-winning documentary, Down and Out In America, and the importance of documentary directors examining overlooked stories, like those of people living in poverty or farmers having their property re-possessed in the 1980's.

Grant recalls the admiration she had for the subjects in her first documentary, The Wilmer 8, about women who went on strike for sexual discrimination and picketed the bank they worked at through a winter in Minnesota.

Grant tells the story of her first directing experience at the American Film Institute's first ever Directing Workshop For Women.