Cameraperson Cameraperson

Cameraperson

Kirsten Johnson

 
Cameraperson (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 2016
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • Dari, Arabic, Bosnian, English
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  • Spine #853

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.

Cast

Credits

DirectorKirsten Johnson
ProducersKirsten Johnson and Marilyn Ness
Executive producersAbigail Disney and Gini Reticker
EditorNels Bangerter
CinematographerKirsten Johnson
CoeditorAmanda Laws
CoproducerDanielle Varga
Original vocalsKathryn Bostic
MusicWellington Bowler, Carla Kihlstedt and Dino Rešidbegović
Rerecording mixersPete Horner and Eric Milano
Sound edit and designEric Milano

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Editing “Cameraperson,” a new program featuring director Kirsten Johnson, producers Marilyn Ness and Danielle Varga, and editors Nels Bangerter and Amanda Laws
  • In the Service of the Film, a roundtable conversation with Johnson, producer Gini Reticker, and sound recordists Wellington Bowler and Judy Karp
  • Excerpts from two 2016 film festival talks with Johnson, including one between her and filmmaker Michael Moore
  • The Above, a 2015 short film by Johnson
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda and reprinted writings by Johnson

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Cameraperson: Getting Close

By Michael Almereyda February 06, 2017

Kirsten Johnson interrogates the thorny ethics of nonfiction filmmaking in her intriguingly elliptical blend of essay, travelogue, and memoir.
Read more »

Dispatches

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A Night at the Wing with Kirsten Johnson

By Hillary Weston June 23, 2017

Kirsten Johnson joined Illeana Douglas for an evening of conversation and a screening of Cameraperson at the Wing, a women’s club that recently opened in Manhattan. Read more »


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Did You See This?

March 03, 2017

In his latest Cinema ’67 Revisited column for Film Comment, Mark Harris looks back at the rapturous critical reception of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona upon its release, calling the film a monument “ . . . Read more »


Video

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At the Frame’s Edge: Editing Cameraperson

February 08, 2017

In her award-winning 2016 film Cameraperson, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson turns the spotlight on her own work and yet rarely appears on camera. Instead, we hear her voice . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Cameraperson: Getting Close

By Michael Almereyda February 06, 2017

Kirsten Johnson interrogates the thorny ethics of nonfiction filmmaking in her intriguingly elliptical blend of essay, travelogue, and memoir.
Read more »

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