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County Docs: Cameraperson

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 1:00pm
cameraperson-poster 310 webclick image for more information CAMERAPERSON (14A)
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 the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. 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.

Kirsten Johnson


Golden Gate Award, Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival 2016, Boston Online Film Critics, Camden International Film Festival, Cinema Eye Honors Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Florida Film Critics Circle,  International Documentary Association, Montclair Film Festival, National Board of Review, RiverRun International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Toronto Film Critics Association,  Traverse City Film Festival, Utah Film Critics Association,  Vancouver Film Critics Circle

Showtime 1 hour, 42 minutes