Curator Eduardo Thomas was presenting contemporary experimental documentaries in his series “authorship”, “authority” and “authenticity” at the Berlin Documentary Forum. He selected films, that erode the seemingly immutable conventions of the consistent abuse of hierarchical structures within the field of documentary filmmaking.
Filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt presented her film "California Company Town" at the Berlin Documentary Forum on June 4th 2010. In this interview, she discusses artistic and film making practice with Alan Toner. Having chosen chosen to work with 16mm film, she describes her rationale, working conditions and artistic practice.
Filmmaker Florian Schneider has organised a retrospective about Michal Mraktisch for the Berlin Documentary Forum on June 2-6 2010 under the title "Missing Image". Alan Toner asks Florian Schneider about the background of this remarkable film-maker and his role and influence for the development of the Documentary Film as we know it today.
Rabih Mroué opened the Berlin Documentary Forum with his performance "The Inhabitants of Images" on June 2nd 2010. In this interview, Alan Toner and Rabih Mroué discuss implications that images might have and the possibility that they bear an reality of their own. Rabih Mroué also gives some insights about his performance, for those who didn't get a chance to see it.