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TFMS Film Series Joshua Oppenheimer, 'The Act of Killing'
Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series:
Hybrid Documentary: Enacting Actuality
Monday evening screenings
September 22, October 20, & November 10
Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public
Where does documentary end and fiction begin? For this year's series, filmmakers Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing," September 22), Lynne Sachs ("Your Day Is My Night," October 20), and Terence Nance ("An Oversimplification of Her Beauty," November 10) will present work that blurs the boundaries between documentation and enactment in an emerging form of documentary practice known as "hybrid documentary."
Please visit the TFMS web site for detailed information on each participating filmmaker (www.smcm.edu/tfms).
Monday, September 22
"The Act of Killing" │ 7:15 p.m. │ Cole Cinema
(screening date is subject to change)
Oscar-nominated director and producer Joshua Oppenheimer has worked as a filmmaker for over a decade with militias, death squads, and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oppenheimer is artistic director of the Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster in London and a partner in the film production company Final Cut for Real in Copenhagen. Born in the U.S., Oppenheimer studied filmmaking at Harvard, from which he received his B.A., and went on to earn his PhD from Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London, while studying on a Marshall Scholarship. His award-winning films include The Act of Killing (2012, Guardian Film Award Best Picture; BAFTA, European Film Award, and Asia Pacific Screen Award Best Documentary), The Globalization Tapes (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998, Gold Hugo Award, Chicago), These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996, Gold Spire Award, San Francisco), and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is co-editor of Acting on AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Politics (1997) and Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence (2013).
It is his debut feature-length documentary, The Act of Killing-the chilling account of the mid-1960s genocide in Suharto-era Indonesia in which key participants reenact their crimes for the camera-that thrust Oppenheimer into the international spotlight. The documentary was produced by Final Cut for Real's CEO Signe Byrge S๘rensen and filmmakers Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, with co-direction by Christine Cynn and Anonymous (unnamed Indonesian partners who, due to the nature of the film-its subject matter, production methods, and the context in which it was made-necessitated their anonymity). The film premiered at the 2012 Telluride International Film Festival and has subsequently garnered world-wide recognition and critical acclaim. In the U.S., the documentary received an Oscar, Directors Guild of America Award, and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. For his follow-up feature-length documentary, Oppenheimer has returned to the subject of the Suharto-era killings with The Look of Silence (2014), which follows an Indonesian family that survived the genocide and explores how they were affected by it.
Check out: www.theactofkilling.com and www.final-cut.dk
UPCOMING, October 20 Lynne Sachs's "Your Day Is My Night"