Lynne Sachs: Performance in Documentary

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Photo of Lynne Sachs
In this workshop, experimental documentary maker Lynne Sachs shows work by Ariane Mnouchkine, Christoph Schlingensief, Claude Lanzmann and Jia Zhangke and as well as Sachs herself. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Coppola Theatre
Cinema Department
Cinema Department
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Recently, after 25 years of making experimental documentaries, Sachs learned something that turned all her ideas about filmmaking upside down. While working on Your Day is My Night in New York City’s Chinatown, she came to see that every time she asked a person to talk in front of her camera, they were performing for her rather than revealing something completely honest about their lives. The very process of recording guaranteed that some aspect of the project would be artificial. She decided she had to think of a way to change that, so she invited her subjects to work with her to make the film, to become her collaborators.

For Sachs, this change in her process has moved her toward a new type of filmmaking, one that not only explores the experiences of her subjects, but also invites them to participate in the construction of a film about their lives.


Lynne Sachs