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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)
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The latest film from Academy Award-winning documentarian—and UW-Madison alum—Errol Morris clocks in at a lean 76 minutes but, like Gates Of Heaven and Vernon, Florida, it packs a whole lot into its breezy run time. In The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography, whose Wisconsin premiere kicks off UW Cinematheque’s fall schedule, Morris profiles his friend, the genial and charming Dorfman, whose main medium is oversized Polaroids. Over her long career she’s snapped pics of famous folks and pedestrians alike, and it’s through her experiences behind the lens that Morris manages to explore the nature of how we see each other and ourselves. Also of note is the looming death of large format Polaroid film and what it means for Dorfman and for photography as a whole. As with all of Morris’s best work, expect The B-Side to find humanity in places where most documentarians don't even look. —Chris Lay

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