Monday, March 21, 2016

The Medium & The Message: 7 Forms of Filmmaking in Lynne Sachs' STATES OF UNBELONGING (video from Fandor Keyframe)

This month on Fandor Keyframe, a different female filmmaker is being celebrated each day. I'm happy to contribute with an entry on Lynne Sachs, an experimental and documentary filmmaker whose work I recently discovered through Fandor where she was honored on March 19. This video essay was created for the occasion, as a tribute to her moving essay film States of UnBelonging (which can be watched here). Here is the description written to accompany this video.

Description & images follow the jump.
"All of Lynne Sachs' films blur the lines between avant-garde, documentary, and narrative but few employ as many different styles and mediums as STATES OF UNBELONGING. This essay film, as much rumination as documentary, traces Sachs' 3-year journey to learn about Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker killed in her home with her two children during the conflict of 2002. To explore Ohayon's life, as well as her own anxiety about death, conflict, and distance, Sachs uses TV news/documentary, her own impressionistic footage from New York, her collaborator Nir Zats' serene "objective" videos from Israel, super 8 shots of Ohayon's kibbutz, clips from Ohayon's narrative films, home movies, and straightforward interviews with the victim's family. "The Medium & The Message: 7 Forms of Filmmaking in STATES OF UNBELONGING" examines each of these strategies in turn. Appropriately, this video essay not only reflects a removed analysis of the filmmaker's work but also the path of my own emotional engagement with the material." (the rest is on Fandor Keyframe although their video link no longer works; you can also check out other interviews & articles on Sachs)
The YouTube upload:

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