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13 04, 2017

Kate Plays Christine (2016) — Dir. Robert Greene

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© Kate Plays Christine (2016) dir. Robert Greene / 4th Row Films

2016, 112 minutes

A reflection on the ethics of storytelling and the modern-day sensationalist spectacles that seem to have pervaded almost all the things we consume. At times infuriating and off-putting, this documentary nonetheless provides a singular look into the transformation of actress Kate Kate Lyn Sheilas as she prepares for the role of Christine Chubbuck, the first journalist to commit suicide live on television in the United States. As the film progresses, lines get blurred between performer and character until we are not exactly sure what or who we are watching: is it Kate being herself, Kate playing Kate the actress (her attitude changing in front of Greene’s camera as she makes clear in various instances throughout the film), Kate playing Christine, or Kate playing Kate playing Christine? The ever-changing nature of the performance we see on camera—enhanced by Kate’s obsessive and slippery slide down the rabbit hole—is unsettling at times, but ultimately provides a sobering reflection on what is true and what is false.

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13 04, 2017

The Act of Killing (2012) — Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer

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2012, 166 minutes © The Act of Killing (2013) dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn / Drafthouse Films

Executively produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris (not too shabby), Oppenheimer’s feature will surely prove uncomfortable for some viewers, as it gives a rather unfiltered voice to some of the killers responsible for the Indonesian Communist purge of 1965-1966. To examine the mind of these joking and laughing mass-murderers, still heralded as heroes and holding tremendous power within the country, the director encourages them to produce filmic reconstructions of their death squad activities. The surreal cinematic structure through which the protagonists process reality allows the documentary to expand from the sole focus of the Indonesian genocide to a much more global tale of human nature, providing a riveting yet terrifying watch for viewers.

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13 04, 2017

Cameraperson (2016) — Dir. Kirsten Johnson

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2016, 102 minutes © Cameraperson (2016) dir. Kirsten Johnson / Fork Films

A poetic and philosophic collage of encounters across the world and throughout the years, and an amazing reflection on the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and the tension between objectivity and storytelling.
Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Kirsten Johnson—a cinematographer with credits including the Academy Award winner Citizenfour (2014) by Laura Poitras—brings us to the forefront of her worldly adventures, drip-feeding the audience information in installments, that take on new meanings as the film progresses.

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