The Line Blurs: Shifting Narratives in Filmmaking

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Doors 7pm | Event 7:30pm | No admittance after 8pm

Frederick Wiseman said that “One works from social actuality but necessarily imposes form upon that actuality, turning it into what may be implied by the terms art of fiction."

With the words "documentary" and "narrative" becoming increasingly benign, and fairly young genres such as "docu-fiction" and "hybrid documentary" becoming increasingly exhausted, The Line Blurs tackles the question of whether the division between "documentary" and "narrative" has ever actually existed and why films continue to be shoved into these critic-friendly categories, featuring a who's who from both sides of the genre scale.


Having started her career in documentaries, helping to produce for A&E, ABC and Discovery, Josephine Decker often builds her work from improvisation and collaboration with real communities. Josephine was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film for her work on Butter on the Latch.

Keith Miller's first feature film, Slamdance Grand Jury Prize-winner Welcome to Pine Hill, blurs the line between documentary and fiction, following a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster portrayed by first time actor Shannon Harper. Keith's second narrative feature film, Five Star, is a nuanced portrait of two men struggling with gang life, based closely on elements of the cast's real lives.

Lynne Sachs makes films, videos, installations and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Her hybrid documentary Your Day Is My Night, which had its World Premiere at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, follows immigrant residents of a “shift-bed” apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown as they share their stories of personal and political upheaval.

Caveh Zahedi's autobiographical comedy I Am A Sex Addict, uses an unconventional mix of home movies, candid confessionals and reenactments to chronicle his own struggles with sex addiction. It won the Gotham Award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You and was released theatrically by IFC Films. His latest film, The Sheik & I, was commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make on the theme of "art as a subversive act." It's now banned for blasphemy and Caveh is threatened with a fatwa.

Nathan Silver (Moderator) graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2005 and has written and directed four feature films and four short films since, including Exit Elena and Soft in the Head. These narrative features were shot without scripts, basing the characters on the non-actors themselves, and have screened at festivals including Edinburgh, Viennale, Vancouver, Torino, and Sarasota. He was named by Filmmaker Magazine as “one of the most interesting emerging directors in U.S. indie film.”


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