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Film Info
  • Year: 2001
  • Film Format: DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 84 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

Award-winning director Kirby Dick (SICK, DERRIDA, TWIST OF FAITH) presents a radical experiment in documentary filmmaking. Ten students at Los Angeles' John Marshall High School (the location for the "high schools" in GREASE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) were given video cameras to record their lives—with no limitations on what they could shoot. After one week, the cameras were given to ten new students, and so on. Like chain letters, the cameras moved from student to student for an entire school year. Dick culls some of the best video diary footage of 16 students, illuminating a profound and surprisingly hopeful portrait of young America at the turn of the 21st century. Candidly riffing on everything from sexuality, drugs and eating disorders to parents and race relations, CHAIN CAMERA is poignant, hilarious and refreshingly real.

Kirby Dick

Kirby Dick is an award-winning Los Angeles filmmaker. His most recent film, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. His previous film, TWIST OF FAITH, about clergy sexual abuse, was nominated for an Academy Award. Earlier films include DERRIDA, winner of the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and CHAIN CAMERA, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 1997 he directed the internationally acclaimed SICK: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Director and Executive Producer Kirby Dick
Producers Dody Dorn and Eddie Schmidt
Editor and Associate Producer Matthew Clarke
Composer and Supervising Sound Editor Blake Leyh
Production Coordinator Greg Munda
Post-Production Coordinator Sage Vanden Heuvel
Assistant Editor Bobbi Almoite
Dialogue Editor and Re-recording Mixer Paul Urmson
Titles Michael Kahne

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