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Kirby Dick - Profile of Documentary Filmmaker Kirby Dick

Kirby Dick

Kirby Dick

The Quote :

“I’m thinking about the work from the moment I get the idea for it and decide on a subject until 20 years after I’ve finished the film--it’s all part of the experiment. Because I’m always asking ‘what if?’ Or, ‘what would happen if I did this to it?’ Or, ‘what if I look anew at the subject ten years later, or show the film to the people in the film and and ask them how they see things after time has elapsed?’ So, I‘m still working with a film. Even then.”

The Basics:

Kirby Bryan Dick was born on August 23, 1952 in Tucson, AZ. He attended California Institute of the Arts. He's married to actress Rita Valencia, with whom he has one son, Joseph. In 1997, he and his producing partner, Eddie Schmidt founded Los Angeles-based Chain Camera Pictures.

The Story:

Kirby Dick began making films while he was a student at California Institute of the Arts, where he experimented with cinematic style, form and structure. For his first film, he recorded his casts' actions and gestures, but the sound track he used--including dialogue--was from an entirely different source. In Chain Camera, the experiment was to give cameras to the documentary's subjects and see what happened if they filmed themselves and each other without the presence of the director.

Dick's films are often controversial, focusing on how society's attitudes towards sex and sexuality impact individuals.

Kirby Dick's Filmography:

  • Outrage (2009)
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
  • Twist of Faith (2004)
  • The End (2004) (TV)
  • Showgirls: Glitz & Angst (2003) (TV)
  • Derrida (2002)
  • Chain Camera (2001)
  • Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)
  • America Undercover (1993) TV series (unknown episodes)
  • I Am Not a Freak (1987) (TV)
  • Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986)
  • Men Who Are Men (1981)

Major Awards:

  • Academy Awards: Twist of Faith (2004), Nominated for Best Documentary Features in 2005
  • GLAAD Media Awards: This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006), Nominated for GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary in 2007
  • Sundance Film Festival:
    • Twist of Faith (2004), Nominated for Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature in 2005
    • Derrida (2002), Nominated for Grand Jury Prize for Documentary in 2002
    • Chain Camera (2001), Nominated for Grand Jury Prize for Documentary in 2001
    • The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997), Won Special Recognition, and was Nominated for Grand Jury Prize for Documentary

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