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Kirsten Johnson, the cinematographer for Two Towns of Jasper, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, The Oath, and Happy Valley, among many others, is the woman behind the camera who shot some of the most memorable documentaries to have played at the Sundance Film Festival. This year, she presents an extraordinary and deeply poetic documentary of her own, which investigates what it means to film and be filmed.

As a visually radical memoir, Cameraperson draws on the remarkable footage that Johnson has shot and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her. What emerges is an elegant meditation on the relationship between truth and the camera frame, as Johnson transforms scenes that have been presented on Festival screens as one kind of truth into another kind of story—one about personal journey, craft, and direct human connection.

YEAR 2016

SECTION NF Films & Performances


RUN TIME 102 min

LANGUAGE English/Arabic/Bosnian/Dari

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Bg Mouth Productions

EMAIL danielle@bigmouthproductions.com


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Artist Bio

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer and director. Her short film The Above premiered at 2015 New York Film Festival in the The Intercept’s Field of Vision launch. Her most recent camerawork appears in Oscar-winning Citizenfour and Very Semi-Serious. Her credits include The Invisible War, Asylum and Fahrenheit 9/11. She and Laura Poitras shared the 2010 Sundance Cinematography Award for The Oath. She co-directed Deadline which premiered at Sundance.