Life Stories

Saturday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Lodge, 550 Main St. (2nd floor)

As fiction films draw upon the real world in increasingly inventive ways, and as documentaries incorporate fictional techniques to express the lived experience more imaginatively, we explore the challenges of creatively portraying the real lives of others in film. Where are the ethical boundaries? When are such biographical portraits acts of trespass, and when are they acts of transformative truth telling—and can they be both? Join Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Benedetta Barzini (The Disappearance of My Mother), and others.


Alma Har'el
Benedetta Barzini
Tabitha Jackson
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