2016 Full Frame Tribute and Thematic Programs Announced

Kirsten Johnson filming on location in Darfur. Photograph by Lindsey Addario.

Kirsten Johnson filming on location in Darfur. Photograph by Lindsey Addario.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced its Tribute Award, which will honor director and documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson with a retrospective of her work at this year’s event as well as the 2016 festival’s Thematic Program, which will look at campaigns, candidates, and the electoral process in a series titled “Perfect and Otherwise: Documenting American Politics” curated by filmmaker R.J. Cutler. Both Cutler and Johnson will attend the nineteenth annual festival, held this year April 7–10, 2016.

Kristen Johnson and R.J. Cutler

Kirsten Johnson and R.J. Cutler

R.J. Cutler is an American filmmaker and television producer. Most recently Cutler produced the Showtime documentary feature Listen to Me Marlon (directed by Stevan Riley) and directed the narrative feature If I Stay (starring Chloe Grace Moretz). “From The War Room to A Perfect Candidate to The World According to Dick Cheney, R.J. Cutler’s films have illuminated significant moments and personalities within American politics, preserving pivotal events through unforgettable images. We’re thrilled to have R.J. join us as guest curator this year,” said Full Frame Director of Programming Sadie Tillery. “As we approach the 2016 election, it’s a particularly apt time to examine the ways documentaries have captured American campaigns and voting processes.”

Kirsten Johnson has worked as an independent documentary cinematographer and director since 1989. She is the principal cinematographer on over forty feature-­length documentaries and has been credited on countless others as ‘Additional Camera.’ “I am enormously proud to celebrate Kirsten Johnson this year. Her undeniable talent is evident in so many exceptional films of the past few decades, and this Tribute allows us to highlight her incredible body of work,” said Tillery, “Recognizing Kirsten’s impact as a cinematographer also allows us to acknowledge and discuss documentary as a collaborative art form and celebrate the essential role of the artist behind the lens.”

Specific titles for the Thematic Program and Full Frame Tribute, along with additional attending guests, will be announced in March. Read more about Cutler and Johnson on Full Frame’s website.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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