In Reference to: Visual Essays

15.02.2016 - Kogonada , Kevin B. Lee, moderated by Oliver Baumgarten

    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 ( and kogonada ( 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”.

    Kevin B. Lee

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    Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker and critic who has made over 300 video essays. His award-winning TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine. In 2017 he will be the first-ever Artist in Residence of the Harun Farocki Institute in Berlin. He is Chief Video Essayist at Fandor, was supervising producer at Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies, and has written for The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate and Indiewire.

    Moderated by

    Oliver Baumgarten

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    German film journalist and curator. He was co-founder and editor-in-chief for the film magazine “Schnitt” and initiator and co-host of the “Filmplus” editing and montage event. He helped develop SOFA – School of Film Agents, an intensive training and workshop programme for film mediators, and was appointed programme manager of the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated programmes like “Celluloid Curtain”, a Goethe-Institut initiative on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, which was presented in London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.