9 Emmy Nominations

Cinema Verite tells the behind-the-scenes story of the groundbreaking documentary An American Family, which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to notoriety while creating a new television genre: the reality TV series. Read More


“Offers provocative insight into how far we’ve become lost in the reality-TV wilderness.”

— San Francisco Chronicle


Alan and Susan watching film
Interview
Andreas Killen Breaks Down Cinema Verite

The author of book 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol and the Birth of Post-Sixties America gives historical conext to An American Family and the world around Cinema Verite.

Susan Tommy and Alan filming
Interview
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini on the Start of Reality TV

The two filmmakers share the experience of making a movie about making a television show, and how An American Family created the groundwork for TV today.

Susan and Raymond filming Bill and Pat
Interview
Evyen Klean on Conveying 'Underlying Emotions'

Cinema Verite's music supervisor discusses getting into the spirit of the era and the role music played in the Louds' lives.

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Costume Designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb discusses the sartorial choices she made to clothe the ever-fashionable Loud family:

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