Location: Redstone Theater
With director Kirsten Johnson and editor Nels Bangerter in person
Dir. Kirsten Johnson. 2016, 103 mins. DCP. What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person, and what does it do to the one who films? A boxing match in Brooklyn, life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife, an intimate family moment at home: These scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the 25-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of elliptical, free-associative episodes, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, as well as the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, in a work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry. Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Nominated for five Cinema Eye Honors, and the Gotham Award for Best Documentary. “Unlike anything you’ve seen before….A remarkably intimate film, and a critique of the idea that there is anything impersonal or objective in photography.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times. Preceded by The Above (Dir. Kirsten Johnson. 2015, 8 mins.) A U.S. military surveillance balloon floats on a tether high above Kabul, Afghanistan. Its capacities are both highly classified and deeply mysterious. A Field of Vision film.
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