Award-winning director Kirby Dick gave video cameras to 10 students to record their lives at Los Angeles’s John Marshall High School (the same high school used in the filming of Grease and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) — with no limitations on what they could shoot. After one week, the cameras were given to 10 new students, and so on, forming a virtual chain letter and a portrait of young America at the turn of the 21st century.
Kirby Dick (born August 23, 1952) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He is best known for directing documentary films. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature for directing Twist of Faith (2005). He has also received numerous awards from film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival.
Life and career
Dick studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, and the American Film Institute. His first documentary feature, Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986), enjoyed a successful festival run, and Dick spent the following decade pursuing a variety of projects before completing Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997). Sick examined the life of performance artist Bob Flanagan, who utilized sadomasochism as a therapeutic device to help cope with cystic fibrosis. The film was an international festival hit, winning… read more