Cameraperson • 1h 42m
Directed by Kirsten Johnson • 2016 • United States
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film CAMERAPERSON, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality with crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, CAMERAPERSON is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.
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CAMERAPERSON Edition Intro
In the following program, produced in 2016, the personal and collaborative process of making CAMERAPERSON is revisited by director Kirsten Johnson, producers Marilyn Ness and Danielle Varga, and editors Nels Bangerter and Amanda Laws.
In the Service of Film
The following roundtable conversation features director Kirsten Johnson along with documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker and sound recordists Wellington Bowler and Judy Karp, frequent collaborators of Jonhson’s whose work is featured in CAMERAPERSON. It was produced in 2016.