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AKA Joey
A selection of films from 'Docu-fessional'

17th June to 26th June 2005
Private view 17th June 6pm-9pm

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New York filmmaker, AKA Joey, presents a selection of films from Docu-fessional showing in the UK for the first time at Alma Enterprises.

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 the UK.

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