“Cameraperson” was one of the most acclaimed films to emerge from Sundance this year, and perhaps the most unique: Kirsten Johnson’s cinematic memoir is comprised of excerpts from the many documentaries she’s served as cinematographer on over the last 25 years. Janus Films has unveiled the documentary’s first trailer, which you can find below.
Many of these clips involve someone on camera interacting with either Johnson herself (who’s often unseen) or merely her camera. Among her many prior credits are “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “The Invisible War” and Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour,” though “Cameraperson” marks her directorial debut. After premiering at Sundance, the film went on to screen at South by Southwest, True/False, New Directors/New Films and many other festivals.
Though long recognized as one of the world’s most influential art-house distributors, Janus rarely releases first-run films these days, making Johnson’s film a rarity. “Cameraperson” is being released in New York on September 9 and in Los Angeles on September 23.