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CAMERAPERSON (Part 4 of the Google Series)

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Kirsten Johnson

Country: USA
Language: Arabic, Bosnian, Dari, English
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 95min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Google Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps in Film & Tech

Kirsten Johnson has an esteemed career as a documentary cinematographer, working with acclaimed directors such as Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11), Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated) and Laura Poitras (Citizenfour). With Cameraperson, Johnson turns to directing for the first time since 2004’s Deadline, drawing upon footage she’s shot over the past twenty years to construct this globetrotting visual memoir that stands apart from traditional documentary filmmaking.

Though Cameraperson is very much a first-person film, Johnson refrains from using voice-over, preferring to let her images do the talking. Her travels take her to Bosnia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, Darfur and Liberia, as well as numerous points across the US. By juxtaposing scenes from these varying countries, she reveals universal aspects of human behavior, both good and bad. She interweaves poignant scenes of her own young children and her elderly mother struggling with memory loss, poignantly mirroring the vastness of the world captured in her travels with a sense of the span and fragility of human life.

Cameraperson serves as a testimony for the power of image-making to capture moments in time that would otherwise be lost. – Thom Powers

This film is also eligible for the audience-voted $10,000 Knight Documentary Achievement Award.

Post-Screening Conversation with Kirsten Johnson, moderated by Cybel Martin.


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Director: Kirsten Johnson
Producer: Kirsten Johnson, Marilyn Ness

Cinematographer: Kirsten Johnson
Editor: Nels Bangerter

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson studied at Brown University and La Fémis. She has worked as a cinematographer on some of the most important American documentaries of the last twenty years, including The Invisible War (2012) and Citizenfour (2014). She co-directed Deadline (2004) with Katy Chevigny. Cameraperson (2016) is her first feature as solo director.