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DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
WONDERLANDS • BREAKING FORM
US 2020, 89min Director KIRSTEN JOHNSON
Dick Johnson is perhaps the most beloved grandpa in New York City. However, the retired psychiatrist is 86 and reaching his final years. As a catalyst to confront the inevitable, his daughter—award-winning documentarian Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson)—devises an ingenious experiment: celebrate Dr. Johnson’s life by staging fantasies of death and beyond. Utilizing moviemaking magic and their family’s dark humor, dad and daughter confront the great inevitability awaiting us all.
AWARDS: Sundance 2020—U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Innovation in Non-fiction Storytelling
KIRSTEN JOHNSON is a cinematographer and director interested in addressing the changing dimensions and urgent ethical challenges of documentary camerawork. Her film, Cameraperson, premiered at Sundance in 2016, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the National Board of Review “Freedom of Expression” prize, and was awarded three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. Her short, The Above, premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival and was nominated for the International Documentary Association Best Short Award. Johnson’s notable camerawork can be seen in Citizenfour, The Invisible War, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Fahrenheit 9/11, Ladies First, The Oath, and Deadline.
|RUNNING TIME:||89 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness|