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Doc Talk: Screening of Paris is Burning and Q&A with Film Editor Jonathan Oppenheim

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm to 3:50 pm

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Documentary Studies presents a screening of Paris is Burning (1990, 78 min.)  and a Q & A with film editor Jonathan Oppenheim

Renowned editor Jonathan Oppenheim (The Oath, Arguing the World, Sister Helen, Children Underground) will present the 1990 feature documentary Paris is Burning, and discuss the ways in which he worked as an editor with director Jennie Livingston to create a framework for this iconic performative portrait of a cultural moment, what The Guardian calls “the vibrant time capsule of New York’s ballroom subculture in the 1980s”.

Jonathan Oppenheim is a New York-based editor who began his career as an associate editor on Streetwise, the 1984 landmark direct cinema film about Seattle street kids by photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark and director-cinematographer Martin Bell.  His credits now encompass over forty-five documentary features and numerous awards including a Peabody, two Oscar nominations and two Sundance Grand Jury prizes.  He edited and co-produced Laura Poitras’ The Oath, the second film in her post 9/11 trilogy, and has served as an editing and story consultant on a number of significant films, which include How to Survive a Plague, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, Cinema Travellers, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, These Birds Walk, Toto and His Sisters and (T)error.  Oppenheim has also been an advisor and fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab, and was a juror for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary competition.

Please join us for this exceptional opportunity to discuss the language of documentary editing with one of the most respected artists in the field.

Hosted by Deanna Kamiel, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies and Assistant Professor, Media Studies.


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