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As a visually radical memoir,  CAMERAPERSON draws on the remarkable footage that filmmaker Kirsten Johnson has shot for other filmmakers and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her.

Director: Kirsten Johnson
Year: 2016
Time: 103 min

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Become a thoughtful cameraperson. Head out into the world with camera in hand, an ethical state of mind, and mindfulness of aesthetics. Bear witness to whatever happenings you encounter.

Visit Documentary.org for a variety of resources dealing with the ethical complexities of documentary filmmaking.


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“I’m often in this place of trying to read cues and get signals from people that it’s okay with them to proceed or not. It always feels like a searching experience for me, which I enjoy. I like that way of being in the world, and I like the way in which the camera gives me the capacity, or perhaps the reason, to do that”

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