Re: films/videos dealing with power

From: Andy Ditzler (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 10:44:26 PST


I second Gene's recommendation of both Warhol's Beauty #2 and Clarke's Portrait of Jason. The dynamic of power between subject and filmmaker in Portrait of Jason is quite complex. And Beauty #2 is fascinating both in terms of the issue of power and also in a formal way (is it a document? a narrative? hybrid? something else?)

Mitchell Block's "No Lies," which has also been mentioned, is also an excellent one to look at in this context. Perhaps also the relationship between the protagonist and his girlfriend in "David Holzman's Diary."

Andy Ditzler

-----Original Message-----
>From: Shelly Silver <email suppressed>
>Sent: Jan 9, 2009 9:48 AM
>To: email suppressed
>Subject: films/videos dealing with power
>dear all:
>i'm putting together several classes that deal with power - different
>varieties of power relations between those filmed and those doing the
>filming. this could be extreme (or less extreme) interactions where
>the filmmaker/cameraperson has power (most typical) or where it's
>firmly in the hands of the people being filmed. This power can come
>through the presence of the camera, through verbal interaction, or
>anything else.
>I'm most interested in those cases which would make the audience feel
>uneasy/queasy watching.
>For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.