Cameraperson

USA | 2016 | 102 minutes | Kirsten Johnson

Documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Citizenfour, Fahrenheit 9/11) has spent decades traveling the world, amassing a treasure trove of footage that she has assembled into an insightful, visually bold memoir about the power of images.

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Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has lent her unique vision to several impactful documentaries over the years, such as This Film Is Not Yet Rated, The Oath, Darfur Now, the Oscar®-winning Citizenfour, and Very Semi-Serious (SIFF 2015). After 25 years of experience traveling around the globe and studying the world, Johnson once again steps behind the camera in order to study herself and her career—using clips from her past works, behind-the-scenes footage, and even new, more personal material to craft a reflective memoir. Including a particularly touching segment that features Johnson's mother, currently suffering from Alzheimer's disease and struggling to retain memory, Cameraperson explores the ways in which the documentary cinematographer is able to be more than a silent witness behind a lens. Johnson's repertoire of work is shown in snippets not identified by film title, but by location and year—creating a diary and enforcing the memoir format of her film. This intimate documentary emphasizes the importance of reviewing the past to reflect on the future of the human condition, a common theme that creates a resoundingly personal tone in all of Johnson's work.

Director Biography
Kristen Johnson is an acclaimed director and cinematographer based in New York. Her cinematography has been featured in many award-winning films, including Michael Moore's 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and Kirby Dick's SIFF 2012 Audience Award-winning documentary The Invisible War. She is a faculty member in the Master's Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola Winery, The Art Institute of Seattle, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Kirsten Johnson
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Marilyn Ness
  • Cinematographers: Kirsten Johnson
  • Editors: Nels Bangerter, Amanda Laws
  • Music: Kathryn Bostic
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sarasota Film Festival 2016 (Grand Jury Prize), Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2016 (Tribute Award), San Francisco International Film Festival 2016 (Grand Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Deadline (2004)
  • Language: English, Arabic, Bosnian, Dari, Hausa, Fur
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Film Collaborative
  • International Sales: CAT&Docs