In The U.S. vs. John Lennon, directors David Leaf and John Scheinfeld trace the singer’s evolution as an activist and the powerful forces that rose up against him.
Interviewing both friends and opponents and drawing upon a treasure trove of archival footage – plus an extensive new interview with Yoko Ono Lennon – the filmmakers present a man who speaks directly to our own time.
“The thing the sixties did was show us the possibility and the responsibility that we all had,” Lennon said. “It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse.” This film reawakens his wit, thoughtfulness and optimism.
Directed, written and produced by David Leaf & John Scheinfeld
Executive Producer: Kevin Beggs, Nick Meyer, Erik Nelson, Tom Ortenberg, Steve Rothenberg, Sandra Stern, Brad Abramson, Michael Hirschorn, Lauren Lazin
Cinematographer: James Mathers
Editor: Peter S. Lynch II
Sound: Tom Bergin, Christopher Knell, Russell Edwards, Noah Mathers
Featuring:Yoko Ono Lennon, Gore Vidal, Angela Davis, George McGovern, Ron Kovic, Tariq Ali, Robin Blackburn and Chris Charlesworth.