It's definitely a moment now. It's been there in a lot of different ways, whether it's about people writing about not eating animals or how we're abusing animals in agriculture and the food industry. How smart they are, not just how cute they are, and why we should protect them. It's the time for animals right now.
Is this one of the longest it's taken for you to finish a film?
Hegedus: Getting to be there.
Pennebaker: . . ."The Energy War."
Hegedus: "The Energy War," on Jimmy Carter's natural gas bill, had the longest filibuster ever, that was a really long process. But this is inching into getting to be longer.
And you still don't know when it will end!
Hegedus: And we don't know when it will end.
Pennebaker: He's willing to spend the rest of his life on it. And boy, that's something, you know.
And are you willing to spend the rest of your life on it?
Hegedus: No, but I'm just too curious to not get to the next step.
Pennebaker: He started climbing this miserable mountain, and he knows in a sense, more than we do, what the risks are. And we sort of have to go with him. That's our role. There may be easier ways to make films, but when we pick something, you go with it.