Watching the Detectives

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4chan, and other gathering spots poured over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using texts and jpegs culled from these investigations, Watching the Detectives narrates the process of crowd sourcing culpability.
by Chris Kennedy Canada 2017 Silent 36’ Colour Documentary form


Director Chris Kennedy
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Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy, born in 1977 in Easton, Maryland, USA, is an independent filmmaker, film programmer, and writer based in Toronto. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He programmed for the Images Festival from 2003-06 and Pleasure Dome from 2000-06. He co-founded and co-programs Early Monthly Segments and programs TIFF Cinematheque’s The Free Screen. He is the Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). His short experimental films have screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows. His work as an artist and programmer operates in dialogue with the history of film as art, exploring the medium’s materiality in a contemporary context.


2004 4 x 8 x 3 2005 Jane’s Window 2006 Memo to Pic Desk 2007 Tape Film · the acrobat · lombard 2008 Simultaneous Contrast 2009 Gladstone · lay claim to an island · Tamalpais 2011 349 (for Sol LeWitt) · Genesee · One Roll in the Blackness · Schuh Schnell Service 2012 Phantoms · Towards a Vanishing Point 2014 Brimstone Line 2017 Watching the Detectives

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018