Fandor presents: Lynne Sachs’ Seven Forms of Filmmaking

Video: Lynne Sachs’ Seven Forms of Filmmaking

Seven Forms of Filmmaking: Lynne Sachs from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.

By Joel Bocko March 19, 2016

All of Lynne Sachs‘ films blur the lines between avant-garde, documentary and narrative, but few employ as many different styles and mediums as States of Unbelonging. This essay film, as much rumination as documentary, traces Sachs’ three-year journey to learn about Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker killed in her home with her two children during the conflict of 2002.

To explore Ohayon’s life, as well as her own anxiety about death, conflict and distance, Sachs uses TV news/documentary, her own impressionistic footage from New York, her collaborator Nir Zats’ serene “objective” videos from Israel, super 8 shots of Ohayon’s kibbutz, clips from Ohayon’s narrative films, home movies and straightforward interviews with the victim’s family. “The Medium & The Message: 7 Forms of Filmmaking in States of Unbelonging” examines each of these strategies in turn. Appropriately, this video essay not only reflects the removed analysis of the filmmaker’s work but also the path of my own emotional engagement with the material.


Related links on Lynne’s work at Fandor:

FIXshorts: Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker

‘We really did not want to say goodbye to this brilliant, imaginative and totally committed group of actors and media artists.’

Rewind: The Worlds Lynne Sachs Calls Home

Sachs reflects on lives outside the comfort zone.

Yes, No and an Occasional Maybe

Two directions in the creative process and a video by Kevin B. Lee.