Documentary as an ecological system

Our regular contributor. Zajc is a media anthropologist and philosopher.
CINEMA: A glimpse into the ever-evolving way in which documentaries investigate, engage with, and interrogate the world.

Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics
Author: Patricia R. Zimmermann
Publisher: Indiana University Press, USA

Patricia Zimmermann’s book Documentary Across Platforms provides a knowledgeable insight into the ever-evolving practices beyond conventional non-fiction cinema. It is an important contribution to contemporary documentary studies and also a must-read for all filmmakers and audiences who consider the genre a conceptual practice to think about themselves and the world – how it is and how it might be.

Alternative practices

Zimmermann, a professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College and co-director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, is a leading expert in documentary theory, new media, film history. and social critique. She is the author and editor of numerous titles. Unlike her more academic works, Documentary Across Platforms is a «collection of essays and speculations about the documentary and experimental media work». They engage innovative and alternative documentary practices, produced with modest resources, often in a liminal zone between arts and political engagement, between a documentary vision . . .

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