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Screening of "Cameraperson" with filmmaker Kirsten Johnson

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Communications Studio 150
Presented by: 
Film and Digital Media

Documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Citizenfour, Fahrenheit 9/11) has spent decades traveling the world, amassing a treasure trove of footage that she has assembled into an insightful, visually bold memoir about the power of images.

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 collected over Johnson's 25-year career.

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 and crafted narrative. A hybrid 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.

Screening is open to the public and accessible to the deaf and hard-of-hearing on request.
Parking permit required at UCSC. (Core West Parking structure recommended. Permits on sale at paystations for evening hours.)