Sundance 2016: Cameraperson – a film by Kirsten Johnson
Headed to Sundance this year? Make sure to check out Kirsten Johnson's CAMERAPERSON. It's screening once a day from the 26th through the 29th, and as I type, there is only one screening left with non-waitlist tickets available. GIT IT! This film is a doc about shooting docs. As a cameraperson. Some of her credits include work in last year's Oscar-winning Citizenfour, The Invisible War, Asylum and Fahrenheit 9/11, and Happy Valley among others. From Sundance's catalogue: "As a visually radical memoir, Cameraperson draws on the remarkable footage that Johnson has shot and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her. What emerges is an elegant meditation on the relationship between truth and the camera frame, as Johnson transforms scenes that have been presented on Festival screens as one kind of truth into another kind of story—one about personal journey, craft, and direct human connection." I first read about Johnson in The Art of the Documentary, where I learned that she is an American who up and moved to Senegal to learn French and shoot things, subsequently moving to France and attending La Femis, the French National Film School, earning a degree in Cinematography. Oh, and then shot Derrida, which is a whole other level of nerd-cool. She then went on to make and collaborate on dozens of award-winning independent docs and narrative projects that win Oscars and prizes at Sundance and generally make the rest of us feel like we do nothing with our lives. Also, she's a woman, (what?!) which is extra-cool knowing that she's been crushing since the women:men ratio behind the camera was even more extreme than it is today. To Kirsten Johnson, Kudos! And to you, dear readers, check out Cameraperson, either at Sundance or later this year in a theater near you. And if you do, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!