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Chain Camera -- Chain Camera is a 2001 American documentary film directed by Kirby Dick about the lives of Los Angeles high school students.


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Chain Camera is a 2001 American documentary film directed by Kirby Dick about the lives of Los Angeles high school students. | Add synopsis »
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Silva Arzunyan ... Herself
Stephanie De La Garza ... Herself
Leo Diaz ... Himself
Timothy Docherty ... Himself
Amy Hattemer ... Herself
Cinammon Hunter ... Herself
Mena Mulat ... Herself
Victor Naranjo ... Himself
Jesse Ramon ... Himself
Manuel Ramírez ... Himself
Lisa Reyes ... Herself
Fernando Santillana ... Himself
Suzana Sburlan ... The Valedictorian
Rosemary To ... Herself
Shannon Whitmore ... Herself
Winfred Wilson ... Himself

Directed by
Kirby Dick 
Produced by
Nancy Abraham .... supervising producer
Kirby Dick .... executive producer
Dody Dorn .... producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Eddie Schmidt .... producer
Original Music by
Blake Leyh 
Film Editing by
Matthew Clarke  (as Matt Clarke)
Production Management
Sage Vanden Heuvel .... post-production manager
Editorial Department
Yu Hsu .... assistant editor
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
Mike Kahne .... titles
David Magdael .... publicist
Greg Munda .... production coordinator

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90 min

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I love documentary, but..., 19 July 2001
Author: jcwla from Los Angeles

...this one just isn't worth the cost of a movie ticket. What these filmmakers have done cannot properly be called filmmaking; rather, they just chose sixteen students of some diversity (though not quite as much diversity as the reviews have suggested) and set them loose. The results are, to be brutally frank, far more often boring, self-indulgent, overwrought and off-puttingly grainy than truly insightful.

There are, of course, moments of recognition and identification of the sort only possible in documentary film, but overall there's not much more truth here than in "Bully" or, for that matter, a decent TV documentary of the same sort. Though full of talk about sex and sexual diversity and racism, the film brings nothing to the table that will be of use to anyone who has thought about any of these issues with any seriousness. And while certain segments serve absolutely no purpose other than to inject a bit of (admittedly welcome) comic relief, most often the five-minute limit keeps up from becoming emotionally involved with any of the students. An interesting idea, but thumbs down for CHAIN CAMERA.

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