Class #5 Urban Self-Portraits

This week we discuss making cell phone films in the first part of class. In the second section, we talk about URBAN SELF-PORTRAIT films from Alvarez’s book Documenting Cityscapes.

We focused on the three types of Urban Self-Portraits he discusses:

  • Self Portrait as Socio-Political Documentary
  • Self Portrait as Essay Film
  • Self Portrait as Self-Fiction

In discussing these three areas, we focused on films from each of these areas. Links to films we discussed are below.

Roger & Me, Michael Moore

Of Time and the City, Terence Davies

“We love the place we hate/ then hate the place we love. / We leave the place we love / then spend a lifetime trying to regain it.”

My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin


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