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Framing the shot by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 December 2016 6:34 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Cameraperson's Kirsten Johnson on Jacques Derrida: "He is present." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Abigail Disney, director of The Armor Of Light and executive producer of Cameraperson with Gini Reticker, director of Pray The Devil Back To Hell, hosted an intimate, cosy and warm reception for Kirsten Johnson. Kirsten as cinematographer has filmed Laura Poitras's Citizenfour, Risk, and The Oath; Dawn Porter's Trapped; Kirby Dick's The Invisible War and This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Linda Hoaglund's The Wound And The Gift with Vanessa Redgrave; Amy Ziering and Dick's Derrida; Leah Wolchok's Very Semi-Serious; Johanna Hamilton's 1971; Christy Turlington's No Woman, No Cry; Catherine Gund's Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity; Katy Chevigny's Election Day and Deadline co-directed by Kirsten.

Election Day director Katy Chevigny and Deadline co-director with Kirsten Johnson Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cameraperson, which was featured in Doc NYC's Short List programme, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Loft Film Festival, Tucson Az

16 November 2016 3:46 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Congratulations to “Jackson The Film” for winning this year’s Cicae — Art Cinema Award! The 3-member jury, which was made up of Oscar®-winning screenwriter and producer Diana Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain”), Urszula Śniegowska, Artistic Director of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland and Sydney Levine, industry blogger (SydneysBuzz), chose Maisie Crow’s “Jackson”, stating that “Jackson is an essential film and one that presents a riveting microcosm in the universal battle for women’s rights everywhere.”


This film is so important. Our bodies belong to us, not to the State of Mississippi or to the Federal Government or to the Nation of Poland or whatever governing body makes abortion a crime! The Loft Film Festival has awarded the Cicae Prize so that this organization of international arthouse theaters will show this important film!

Congrats to The Rebound for taking home this year’s Audience Choice Award! This is »

- Sydney Levine

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Dogwoof takes Doc/Fest winner 'Cameraperson' for UK

9 November 2016 4:50 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Biographical doc tells the story of Citizenfour cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.

UK distributor Dogwood has picked up Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson for UK and Ireland distribution.

The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January and went on to win the Grand Jury Award at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Noted documentary cinematographer Johnson’s credits include Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War, among many others.

Cameraperson tells her personal story through excerpts from the vast amount of footage she has shot throughout her career.

It was produced by Emmy Award-winner Marilyn Ness and exec produced by Abigail E. Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell) and Academy Award–nominated and Emmy Award–winning Gini Reticker, chief creative officer of Fork Films.

Dogwoof’s Oli Harbottle signed the deal with Paris-based sales company Cat&Docs.

Harbottle commented: “Cameraperson is a wonderfully inventive insight into one filmmaker’s personal journey »

- (Tom Grater)

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Talking to Documentarian Kirby Dick about "The Invisible War"

8 November 2016 8:45 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Influence Film Club and Mubi are partnering to show Kirby Dick's The Invisible War (2012) online in the United States from November 1 - 30, 2016 in the United States. This interview was conducted by and first appeared at the Influence Film Club.The Invisible WarWhat can we say? Kirby Dick is a director truly after our heart. Not only does he make incredibly powerful films about challenging topics that matter, he is a champion of discussion as a tool for change-making. It is for these reasons that we are proud to present his films The Invisible War—in collaboration with Mubi—and The Hunting Ground as our films of the month for November. —Influence Film ClubINFLUENCE Film Club: What is it that draws you to documentary film?Kirby Dick: I find the unpredictability of the process very stimulating.Influence: What is your history with documentary? Is there a red thread that »

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The Loft Film Festival Brings the World of Cinema to Tucson!

2 November 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

On Wednesday, November 9 to Sunday, November 13, the Loft Cinema presents the seventh annual Loft Film Fest, featuring appearances by an amazing array of acclaimed filmmakers and a stellar program of world, North American, Southwest and Arizona premieres selected from prestigious festivals around the globe, including Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and more.

Playing at this well-known, though rather out-of-the-way film festival in Tucson, Arizona are exciting new films starring such big screen favorites as Gael Garcia Bernal in “Neruda”, the possible Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Catherine Deneuve in “The Brand New Testament” one of the funniest and most original stories I have ever seen; Michael Fassbender in “Trespass Against Us”, Adam Smith’s gangster film, so far unknown in the U.S., — except that whatever Michael Fassbender, the Irish-German actor, is in is always astounding.

Catherine Deneuve in “The Brand New Testament”

Opening night features the North »

- Sydney Levine

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The Seventh Annual Loft Film Fest Brings the World of Cinema to Tucson!

1 November 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Wednesday, November 9 — Sunday, November 13Presented by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment

This November, The Loft Cinema presents the seventh annual Loft Film Fest, featuring appearances by an amazing array of acclaimed filmmakers and a stellar program of world, North American, Southwest and Arizona premieres selected from prestigious festivals around the globe, including Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and more!

Playing at this well-known, though rather out-of-the-way film festival in Tucson, Arizona are exciting new films starring such big screen favorites as Gael Garcia Bernal in “Neruda”, the possible Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film), Catherine Deneuve in “Brand New Testament” one of the funniest and most original stories I have ever seen; Michael Fassbender in “Trespass Against Us”, a complete unknown except that whatever Michael Fassbender, the Irish-German actor, is in is always astounding, John Malkovich, another great actor, too rarely seen, in “Dominion” about the last days of the »

- Sydney Levine

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Doc NYC 2016: early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

27 October 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Suskind family of Life, Animated Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year's Doc NYC had ten films in its Short List program make the Oscar Best Documentary shortlist, including Oscar winner Amy, Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse doc, and nominees Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land; Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look Of Silence; Nina Simone in Liz Garbus's What Happened, Miss Simone? and Evgeny Afineevsky's Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom.

Liz Garbus, Morgan Neville and Asif Kapadia Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's Best Of Enemies; Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief; Davis Guggenheim's He Named Me Malala; Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground, and Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next round out the list.

Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones!; Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare); Life, Animated by Roger Ross Williams from the Short List, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Celebrating the network by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 September 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Mark Whitaker, Ken Burns, Marina Goldman and Matthew Justus with Artemis Joukowsky Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Le Cirque lunch hosted by Dan Abrams, Kerry Kennedy, Lawrence O’Donnell and producers Dan Cogan (Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt's Havana Motor Club; Edet Belzberg's Watchers Of The Sky, featuring Luis Moreno Ocampo), Geralyn Dreyfous (Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Land Ho!; Kirby Dick's The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground) and Judith Helfand (Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller) for Defying The Nazis: The Sharps' War, I spoke with the directors, Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.

Ken Burns with Artemis Joukowsky: "And this is a feminist tale as well! From the very beginning, she has defied her parents, she has defied her husband, she has defied the Nazis." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Marina Goldman, who gives her voice to Martha Sharp, let me know that she never got to meet Tom Hanks, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Joshua Reviews Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson [Theatrical Review]

9 September 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Usually the home for the latest and greatest in classic, arthouse and foreign language film restorations, distributors Janus Films have become as much known for their painstaking work in restoring and subsequently distributing classic films as they have been for their connection to The Criterion Collection. Offering a direct route from big to small screen, Janus has also turned the rare new release acquisition into something truly special. Taking on far fewer new release films a year than even the smallest of independent distributor, the Janus stamp is one of quality and curation.

However, in the case of Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, even that doesn’t seem to do it the justice it so rightly deserves.

Best known as a documentary cinematographer, with films like Citizenfour and Fahrenheit 9/11 to her name, Johnson has become one of non-fiction cinema’s most lauded photographers. With an uncanny ability to shoot films as »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Review: Cameraperson, A Moving Self-Portrait Of A Veteran Cinematographer

8 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Kirsten Johnson's career as a cinematographer is a long and accomplished one in the documentary field. She is responsible for images of countless documentaries by filmmakers such as Laura Poitras, Michael Moore, Kirby Dick and many more. Her work took her to many of the world's trouble spots:  Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda. With Cameraperson, she assembles the b-rolls from various films she worked on as an all visual self-portrait. What's amazing about the film is that she was able to see the beauty in the most horrendous conditions around the world and capture those moments on camera for everyone to see. The result is not only a portrayal of a committed professional but an intimate, moving memoir unlike any other documentaries I've seen....

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National student survey on sexual assault rolls out with The Hunting Ground

22 August 2016 7:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Hunting Ground.

Madman is launching its impact campaign for documentary The Hunting Ground with the unveiling of The Hunting Ground Australia Project, a national student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The Hunting Ground is directed by Kirby Dick and explores the issue of sexual assault on Us University campuses; brought roaring back to the headlines most recently by the Nate Parker saga. Dick's 2012 doc, The Invisible War, investigated the epidemic of rape within the Us military.

.The Hunting Ground Australia Project is proud and excited that the funding raised and partnerships developed though Good Pitch2 Australia has instigated this landmark survey,. said Allison Henry, the project's Campaign Director.

The Hunting Ground was one of six documentary films selected for the 2015 Good Pitch2 Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

.A year ago when we started this project we immediately recognised the dearth of data available around the incidence »

- Staff Writer

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Daily | Goings On | Noir, Lynch, Tafoya

19 August 2016 5:14 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Tonight at midnight, New York's Spectacle Theater presents He Walked by Night (1948), the "template for Dragnet and a direct inspiration for dozens of police procedurals… It’s Alfred Werker’s name as director, but most film historians put the bulk of the work on the shoulders of Anthony Mann." In Los Angeles, Women of Cinefamily Weekend is on through Sunday. Tonight, Brie Larson presents Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground. Tomorrow, Sky Ferreira will perform a tribute to Lou Adler's Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. Sunday sees the La premiere of Antibirth, with director Danny Perez and star Natasha Lyonne slated to make a showing. Dennis Lim will introduce screenings of films by David Lynch in Berkeley this weekend. Plus, noir and Scout Tafoya's I Am No Bird in Chicago—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Newswire: Mike Birbiglia had some “foul language” for the MPAA over its Suicide Squad rating

3 August 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Is there any organization with more power over Hollywood, and less respect from the people whose destinies it controls, than the Motion Picture Association Of America? The MPAA’s content ratings have huge implications on movies’ box office receipts, but often seem almost willfully out of step with the actual content they’re meant to label and protect younger audiences from.

Directors have been arguing with the MPAA for years, from Kevin Smith arguing for his right to show cartoon scrotums, to The Invisible War director Kirby Dick’s feature-length takedown, This Film Is Not Yet Rated. The latest gladiator to wade into the surprisingly bloody (but sex-free) arena of arguing with the MPAA? Comedian and director Mike Birbiglia, who hopped onto Twitter today to compare and contrast the association’s treatment of his recent film, the improv dramedy Don’t Think Twice, and David Ayers’ just-released violence orgasm Suicide »

- William Hughes

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Showtime Orders ‘A Season With Florida State Football’

19 July 2016 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The second season of Showtime’s college football documentary series will focus on the Florida State University Seminoles.

The cable network has ordered “A Season With Florida State Football,” a follow up to last year’s series on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The show will premiere Sept. 6 at 10 p.m., one day after the Seminoles open their season against Ole Miss.

“There’s no other network delivering such intimate and unbridled access to world-class teams and athletes during the most crucial times of their respective seasons,” said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager, Showtime Sports.  “It’s our difference maker.  Building off our ‘All Access’ series coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and our successful first season of ‘A Season With Notre Dame Football,’ Showtime Sports is there when it matters most.”

“A Season With” will follow Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and the team’s players as they prepare for upcoming »

- Daniel Holloway

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'Cameraperson' wins top prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest

14 June 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary festival announces winners.

Cameraperson, a documentary about the career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, has won the grand jury award at Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15).

Johnson, who also directs the film, is the Us cinematographer behind Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War among many others.

The award, supported by Screen International and Broadcast, comes with a cash prize of £2,000 ($2,800).

The jury described the film as “a work that´s both expansive and intimate, formally ambitious and morally humble”.

“Though this filmmaker has travelled the world to tell others stories, her real »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Doc/Fest 2016: Cameraperson review

14 June 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ In Ways of Seeing, art critic John Berger speaks about the evolution of how we understand images and the point at which "the specific vision of the image-maker was also recognised as part of the vision. An image became a record of how X had seen Y." Such a consideration lies at the very heart of Kirsten Johnson's exceptional new documentary Cameraperson, a reflection on more than two decades spent shooting non-fiction cinema. Her work with luminaries of the medium including the likes of Kirby Dick, Michael Moore and Laura Poitras already makes her a prominent figure in shaping modern documentary.


- CineVue UK

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How Morgan Neville Kept Chelsea Handler Honest (Emmy Watch)

1 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville is hard to pin down. While he made his name with music docs, from Oscar-winner “20 Feet from Stardom” to Yo-Yo Ma concert film “The Music of Strangers” (HBO/The Orchard), he’s moving away from music subjects. “There are a handful of music docs I’d love to do, including David Bowie,” he said in a phone interview. “But at the moment I’m interested in stretching myself on projects on design, food, and art.”

Over the last year, Neville jumped into the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley for “Best of Enemies,”  (Participant/Magnolia) and took an unexpected ride with Chelsea Handler on Netflix documentary series “Chelsea Does.”

Netflix approached Neville after working with him on “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.” Said Neville, “I’d worked on music docs for years. It felt like writing a novel. By the time I got to Keith Richards, »

- Anne Thompson

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[Tribeca Review] National Bird

24 April 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Calling for a national conversation that we ought to be having on the use of lethal force, National Bird considers all sides of the program, from those pulling the trigger from remote facilities to the collateral damage on the ground. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, National Bird tells three interconnected stories, some of which are linked by defense attorney Jesselyn Radack, famed for her work with whistleblowers including Edward Snowden.

Heather is a combat vet and drone pilot who finds herself in an uncomfortable position: unable to get the help she needs, she speaks out, finding herself branded a traitor when she makes certain unclassified information public about the drone program. Suffering from Ptsd, she finds herself in an unfortunate maze when she seeks mental health services. She can only talk to a counselor with a security clearance and she can only talk with one of those approved for services through the Va. »

- John Fink

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VP Joe Biden Set To Intro Lady Gaga At Oscars

25 February 2016 7:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Vice President Joe Biden is giving Hollywood a lot of love this week. On Tuesday, he surprised a Washington DC screening of Tine Fey’s upcoming Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and now he’s going to the Oscars. The Veep is scheduled to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards and introduce Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. The Diane Warren co-authored nominated song from the controversial Kirby Dick directed and Amy Ziering produced… »

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Greater Farmington Film Festival Releases 2016 Schedule

17 February 2016 8:35 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization kickstART farmington announced the film lineup and schedule for the 2016 Greater Farmington Film Festival earlier this month and it looks like they will be offering a great selection of films this year. The Greater Farmington Film Festival takes place March 3-6, 2016 with a selection of recently released feature films and documentaries that engage the heart and mind, explore important contemporary issues, and inspire action: good films for a better world.

You can find the full film line up and schedule for the 2016 Greater Farmington Film Festival below. Overall, the festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to enjoy these inspiring films as none of these films have been released widely in Michigan, and several will enjoy their Michigan debut.

In addition, the Greater Farmington Film Festival invites the public to attend the 2016 Festival Preview Party on Thursday evening, February 18th, from 7:00-10:00 Pm at »

- Mike Tyrkus

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