In the TV vocabulary, a ‘talking head’ is a close-up of a person who talks with no or with very little action. In everyday slang, it is a person whose speech is empty and meaningless. From the 1970s until now, American documentary filmmakers have widely used the ‘talking heads’ technique, creating films which were hard to digest for a progressive viewer. Contemporary American cinema has heard enough experts and witnesses. It installs a guillotine on the square and cuts their royal heads off. They will not say a single word any more. From now on, new forms, topics and heroes will speak. And it is them who this conversation will be about.
Pamela Cohn presents the program of an American film festival True/False at this year Docudays UA.
Pamela Cohn is a filmmaker, writer, curator, and documentary story consultant. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Pamela now makes her home in Berlin, Germany. She has worked for over two decades as an independent media producer and project director on behalf of artists, filmmakers and other creative clients. She is a regular contributor to BOMB Magazine’s arts blog, FILMMAKER magazine, Senses of Cinema, and the Calvert Journal, among others. She also programs for the True/False Film Fest in the United States and DokuFest in Kosovo.
Oksana Karpovych was born in 1990 in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is a cultural studies graduate from the National University of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Since 2013 she has been living in Montreal, Quebec, where she worked as a teacher of Ukrainian literature, and where she is pursuing her degree in film production at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Concordia University. She is the program coordinator of Docudays UA.