Trailer released for Subject, a documentary film about documentary films

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Subject is a documentary about documentaries, and the people who appear in them: here’s the trailer.

We live in an age of intertextuality and shared cinematic universes, and it stands to reason that eventually there would be a documentary that documents documentaries. And here we are.

The official synopsis for the production in question, Subject, reads as follows:

Subject explores the life-altering experience of sharing one’s life on screen through key participants of acclaimed documentaries The Staircase, Hoop Dreams, The Wolfpack, Capturing the Friedmans, and The Square. These erstwhile documentary “stars” reveal their own highs and lows of their experiences as well as the everyday realities of having their lives put under a microscope. Also featuring commentary from such influential names in the doc world as Kirsten Johnson, Sam Pollard, Thom Powers and Sonya Childress, the film unpacks vital issues around ethics & responsibility inherent in documentary filmmaking. As tens of millions of people consume documentaries in an unprecedented new “golden era,” Subject urges audiences to consider the often profound impact on their participants.

The film comes from directors Camilla Hall and Jennifer Tiexier.

Dogwoof is handling distribution in the UK, the film will be screening at various events in February before becoming available for home viewing. You can find more details on its website.

Watch the trailer below…


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