This eclectic group of non-fiction films includes three powerful (and timely) works that are among the fifteen films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar: Cameraperson, Command and Control and Tower. Cameraperson is documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s memoir, assembled from outtakes of films she’s shot and home video. Her work has taken her around the world to make films dealing with war, injustice and sexual violence. “The result is revelatory testimony to the simple, mysterious power of the camera to bridge the chasm between personal experience and public history." (A.O. Scott, NY Times) Command and Control, cosponsored with the Cornell Committee to Prevent Nuclear War, reveals the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Tower revisits the first school mass-shooting that took place at the University of Texas in Austin in 1966, when a sniper shot 49 people, killing 16. The day is recreated through rotoscoped animation and includes recollections of witnesses and victims who had never before publicly recounted their stories. Two other timely films are part of the series: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, & the Spirit of I.F. Stone, which will be presented by Jeff Cohen, Director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, who appears in the film; and Lampedusa in Winter, about the ongoing refugee crisis, which will be presented by filmmaker Jakob Brossmann.
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