New York filmmaker, AKA Joey, presents a selection of films from
Docu-fessional showing in the UK for the first time at Alma
His highly controversial films utilize complex techniques of image,
sound, and story manipulation. Joey has created a breed of personal
cinema he calls Docu-fessional films which devote themselves
entirely to the stories of those burdened by mainstream culture
and man-made laws (minority groups, criminals, the mentally ill).
These revelatory confessions are recorded by unconventional methods
(surveillance equipment, micro-recorders, video archives, breaking
and entering, theft, K-mart 14 day camera loans) and read much like
the journal entries found in a stolen personal diary.
When a confession is made, in a narrative and staged setting, emotional
responses to the material are expressed. The viewer is left with
the question of, "What is truth and what is fiction?" The elements
of fact and fiction in narrative/documentary storytelling are imprecise
and distorted, making the relationship between filmmaker and the
audience difficult to manage. Docu-fessional films are concerned
with 'process' over 'product', and the development of intimate relationships
between people and the filmmaking process.
Joey has a masters degree in Social Work and incorporates his professional
experience directly into his films. Joey's films have screened extensively
at diverse venues in the US. This is his first public viewing in
More at www.docufessional.com
Curated by LAND