by Kirsten Johnson | Big Mouth Productions | 102’ | USA | 2016 |
What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person - and what does it do to the one who films?
With her visually radical memoir Cameraperson, Johnson (one of the most notable cinematographers working in documentary cinema today, having shot Citizenfour, Fahrenheit 9/11, The Oath, The Invisible War...) presents an extraordinary and deeply poetic film of her own, drawing on the remarkable and varied footage that she has shot and reframing it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her. What emerges is an elegant meditation on the relationship between story-telling and the camera frame, as Johnson transforms scenes that have been presented in so many other directors’ films as one reflection of truth into another kind of story - one about personal journey, craft, and direct human connection.