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In Reference to: Visual Essays

15.02.2016 - Kogonada , Oliver Baumgarten, Kevin B. Lee

Recent years have seen the increased popularity of short online videos that explore films or the œuvre of a director by reworking and commenting on shots and scenes to reveal new insights. These visual essays – produced by everybody from fans to film critics and academics – quote, remix, pay homage and draw references between movies, film history, journalism and pop culture. Both hailed internationally as kings of the video essay, Kevin B. Lee (vimeo.com/kevinblee) and kogonada (kogonada.com) come to Berlin to discuss their aesthetic and practical approaches to an exciting means of expression, which they have developed into an independent variety of cinematic art.



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Korean-born filmmaker and video essayist. "Kogonada makes short films... that are so quiet and rapturous that you feel a jolt when they’re done: they are over before you want them to be over.” (The New Yorker) He is a regular contributor to the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound. His works have been featured in numerous publications and venues around the world. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.

Oliver Baumgarten

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Oliver Baumgarten is a film journalist and curator. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the film magazine Schnitt and an initiator and co-host of the Filmplus festival. He helped develop the training initiative School of Film Agents (SOFA) and was appointed programme manager of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated the Goethe-Institut’s film series “Celluloid Curtain,” which toured London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.

Kevin B. Lee

photo of Kevin B. Lee
A 2004 alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Kevin B. Lee is a video essayist and a pioneer of the desktop documentary format. He is a 2018 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Grantee and a European Media Artist Platform (EMAP) Artist in Residence.