The Experimental Documentary: Reality and Performance with Lynne Sachs

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

New York experimental documentary director Lynne Sachs got her start in film at DCTV in the mid 1980s. Over the last three decades, she’s explored the relationship between her own personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together film, collage, painting, and sound design.

In this master class, explore the many challenges that filmmakers face when making an alternative documentary film. Sachs will discuss her non-traditional approach to non-fiction filmmaking by focusing on her most recent documentary, Your Day is My Night, which will have its World Premiere at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight 2013 this February. Other topics will include the dynamic between the interview and the audition, challenges of working in a foreign language, and creating a live-film performance. She will also share clips from her previous work.

If you're interested in exploring a different side of documentary storytelling, this master class is for you!

Lynne Sachs

Lynne Sachs is a filmmaker and multimedia artist. Since 1994, her five essay films have taken her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel and Germany — sites affected by international war – where she tries to work in the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.

Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, Lynne searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project. Since 2006, she has collaborated with her partner Mark Street in a series of playful, mixed-media performance collaborations they call The XY Chromosome Project.

In addition to her work with the moving image, Lynne co-edited the 2009 Millennium Film Journal issue on “Experiments in Documentary”. Supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts, Lynne’s films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and recently in a five film survey at the Buenos Aires Film Festival. In 2010, the San Francisco Cinematheque published a monograph with four original essays in conjunction with a full retrospective of Lynne’s work. Lynne teaches experimental film and video at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

I experiment with my perception of reality by embracing an associative, non-literal approach to images, and it is through this artistic exploration that I grapple with the natural, social, cultural and political phenomena that I witness through the lens of my camera. - Lynne Sachs

Using beds as a metaphor for privacy, intimacy and power, “Your Day is My Night” explores intercultural and trans-historical communication, topics by which Sachs has been consumed in recent years. - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post


$15 / DCTV & IFP Members
$20 / NYWIFT, Rooftop Films, Shooting People Members; students/educators with ID
$35 / General + DCTV Membership

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DCTV Presents

DCTV Presents is DCTV's signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes led by renowned groundbreakers in the industry, each event offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support and embrace truly independent art. All events are open to the public, and serve super cheap drinks, alcoholic & non!