The New Cinematic Nonfiction

Posted February 28, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 12:30pm
Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St.

It’s no secret that revolutionary new cameras have transformed the way documentaries are made, but there’s no substitute for a perceptive artist behind the lens. In True Vision award winner Victor Kossakovsky’s formulation, filmmakers who utilize instinct and intuition can “provide viewers with new impressions they never had before.” With Victor Kossakovsky (¡Vivan Las Antipodas!), Kahlil Hudson (Low & Clear), Xun “Fish” Yu (Vanishing Spring Light), and the director of Secret Screening Blue. Moderated by Charlotte Cook.

Charlotte Cook (Hot Docs)

Charlotte Cook recently jumped across the pond from Frontline Club in London to Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, where she has assumed the role of Director of Programming. As the Head of Film Programming at Frontline Club, Charlotte was responsible for an ambitious program that showcased over 100 documentaries each year. Previously, she worked with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where she programmed the specialist strand Conflict Reportage and was also a strand coordinator with BBC Storyville. Additionally, she has written extensively on documentary for a number of different outlets and has worked with Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation on their Puma Creative Catalyst Fund. Charlotte holds a Master of Arts in documentary filmmaking from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is herself a filmmaker and photographer, a staff writer for the Documentary Blog, and a student of media technology, graphic design, motion graphics, and documentary..

Victor Kossakovsky (¡Vivan las Anitpodas!)

Over the course of his 20-year career, Russian director and 2012 True Vision Award Winner Victor Kossakovsky has perfected the ability to spellbind his audience. A talented, soulful craftsman, he is capable of eliciting a laugh from your belly one moment and then, with the switch of a frame, a lump in your throat. He gathers and compiles his observational footage single-handedly, and it his unique eye for arresting compositions, his graceful editing instincts, his ear for a surprising musical cue, his sense of humor, his humanity and, above all, his faith in spontaneity that gives his work its unforgettable charge. You might not know his name yet, but globally, this Russian director’s reputation as a non-fiction auteur is secure. And now his latest masterpiece, ¡Vivan las Antipodas!, in which he deftly profiles our planet. Like the best of his work, it’s an intensely emotional experience that somehow manages to feel both intimate and expansive.

Kahlil Hudson (Low & Clear)

Kahlil Hudson was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and currently works a day job as a cinematographer on features and commercials for clients including Discovery Channel, History Channel, MTV, Showtime, Yahoo!, Nikon, Interscope Records, MSNBC, Starz, Nike, and PBS. He recently shot the 2011 South by Southwest Audience Award-winning film Kumare and the PBS-slated documentary The Thick Dark Fog, which won the American Indian Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award. The Nemesis Bird, Kahlil’s MFA project, won the UCLA Director’s Spotlight Award and premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Kahlil lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Mikiko and daughter Violet Sol.

Xun “Fish” Yu (Vanishing Spring Light)

Xun Yu was born and raised in mainland China, studied Film Production at the Arts University College in Bournemouth, UK, and later on earned a master’s degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Fish has worked as a cinematographer in both China and Canada, and during that time, he has gained valuable experience and credibility working on numerous critically-acclaimed productions, including On the Way to the Sea, For Wendy, and Singularity. The Vanishing Spring Light is his directorial debut.

Michael Palmieri (Secret Screening Blue)

Michael Palmieri is a director, cinematographer, and editor. His first documentary feature October Country was a co-directing effort with Donal Mosher that won the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary at Silverdocs and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2009. He has directed music videos for Beck, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian, and many others, and his film and video collaborations include work with film and fine artists Christopher Doyle, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Adrian Paci, and Tauba Aeurbach. He has been a guest lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art and at the Balkan film program in Pristina, Kosovo, and is an adjunct professor of film at California College of the arts in San Francisco.