Varsity 4 - Thu 9:10 PM (4/7) Varsity 4 - Fri 12:10 PM (4/8) Varsity 4 - Sat 09:40 AM (4/9) Varsity 4 - Sun 3:10 PM (4/10) Varsity 4 - Mon 6:10 PM (4/11) Known for her outstanding cinematography in films such as Citizenfour, Invisible War (AIFF12), and Fahrenheit 9/11, Kirsten Johnson now turns the camera on herself, reframing the remarkable and varied footage she has shot from around the world over 25 years into a deeply poetic visual memoir. She appraises the relationship between truth and what the camera sees by juxtaposing scenes from documentaries with intimate views of her own children and aging mother, transforming them into a meditation on memory and human connection. Her footage reveals an intensely personal story while questioning the power of the camera to illuminate and intrude.
Director’s Statement: Kirsten Johnson
I never anticipated, even as recently as five years ago when this film began, how many people in the world would be filming on their cell phones as well as seeing images from every part of the globe, communicating visually and instantaneously in shifting and unprecedented ways. In making Cameraperson, we decided to rely as much as possible on the evidence of my experience in the footage I shot in the moment. We know that this fragmentary portrait is incomplete but are interested in the way it points to how stories are constructed. As in the film, this is an invitation to you, and an acknowledgment of how complex it is to film and be filmed.