Video Essay Summit: Kevin B. Lee on What the Best Video Essays Do


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This is the first of a four-part video series of presentations given at the Independent Film Festival Boston Film Summit, hosted by the University of Massachusetts in Boston. These presentations explored how video essays seek new insights and diverse approaches to investigate the art and culture of cinema. (howefarmstn) Video essayists Kevin B. Lee, Nelson Carvajal, Serena Bramble and Drew Morton discuss the current state of this emerging art form and speculate where it might go next.

In this video, Kevin B. Lee, Chief Video Essayist at Fandor Keyframe, talks about how he started making video essays several years ago, how his problems with YouTube changed his outlook on video essays, and what he considers to be the most pressing questions facing video essays today. He presents excerpts from his videos “Shooting Down Pictures: Grey Gardens,” Breaking Through the Screen: Video Essays by Mark Rappaport,” “The Essay Film: Some Thoughts of Discontent” and “Transformers: The Premake.”

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Special thank you to Chico Colvard organized the event, and Tim Jackson who moderated the panel.

Kevin B. Lee is Chief Video Essayist at Fandor. He has made over 250 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning “Transformers: The Premake” was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and played in several festivals including the Berlinale Film Festival Critics Week. Follow him on Twitter at @alsolikelife.

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