ParisDOC Matinales 2020

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles
46 rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris

A shared experience of audio-description

Audio-describing films: transforming a visual and audio creation into a purely audio work. Creating mental images. Starting up the imagining machine. While audio-description addresses everyone, it exists first and foremost for a blind or partially sighted public. Some say that they dislike a voice narrating what is seen on screen. They prefer to listen to the film as it is, even if they get lost. Does the description spoil the spectator’s personal film? As this description is what becomes the original film for its visually impaired audience, and serves as a shared reality and reference. It could well have been different if written by another audio-describer. So this is it! But what then? Is this described film the same film or another one? How can what the film shows, what the describer subjectively perceives and what the listener perceives be made to coincide? Something will certainly emerge but the initial film will perhaps always remain a kind of dream. An object of desire.The public will share the experience of listening to an audio-description of an excerpt from Gaël Lépingle’s film, Julien : 30 mn of the film in audio-description will be shared in immersion, in the dark.

in partnership with l’association Les Yeux Dits

Moderated by : Marie Gaumy (audiodescriber for Les Yeux Dits)
Speakers : Anne-Sarah Kertudo (member of Les Yeux Dits, director of l’association Droit Pluriel), Gaël Lépingle (filmmaker), Gaël Teicher (producer, distributor, La Traverse Films)

Spectator-prescriber: what place does the spectator have in the logic of cinema programming?

While a critical question for professionals involves new ways of attracting audiences for auteur cinema, an increasing number of film theatres are working with a specific figure on the cinematographic landscape: the spectator-prescriber. In this age of social networking, and given the crisis in the decision-making of traditional media, the spectator-prescriber has to be taken on board in a peer-to-peer relationship. This type of spectator would recommend films or be the one in charge of programmes, via a film-lovers’ association to which he belongs (e.g., groups attached to film theatres, associations of the Documentaire sur grand écran’s 7th Réseau, Acid’s Young Ambassador’s network, etc.). Other digital initiatives have sought to create communities that, on request, can programme films in their local cinemas…How can exhibitors integrate these initiatives? On what conditions and in what context can they open the doors of their theatre? How can this approach become part of an editorial line? And what happens when civil society wants to take over a programme, for better or worse?

in partnership with L’Acid and Documentaire sur Grand Ecran

Moderated by : Marianne Khalili Roméo (movie programmer)
Speakers : Laurence Conan (in charge of development, Documentaire sur Grand Ecran), Juliette Grimont (programmer, Gyptis, La Baleine à Marseille), Salim Hamzaoui (member of the network the Young Ambassadors), Anne Huet (director, Ciné 104 in Pantin), Karin Ramette (in charge of public relations, l’Acid)

The drone is what you make of it

The use of drones as a recording tool is now ubiquitous in both fiction and documentary film. This usage – at times productive, at times futile – has prompted us to question filming techniques in which the camera operator’s eye is disconnected from the camera lens and the camera escapes, so to speak, the human point of view. In a conversation with Ada Ackerman and Antonio Somaïni, Vincent Sorrel will be asking questions on the evolving use of these devices, starting from Jacques Perconte’s aesthetic undertaking and his reflection on the use of drones for a project in progress. The films of Jacques Perconte are unique encounters with the natural world, and the digital image. The springboard for discussion with the artist, whose work lies at the intersection of the arts, will be the presentation of a generative piece or “infinite film”, Le tempestaire, produced for the Time Machine exhibition and the screening of his Or/Aour, Vienna, made in 2019.

Moderated by : Vincent Sorrel (teacher and researcher, Grenoble-Alpes University)
Speakers : Ada Ackerman (CNRS research fellow and curator), Jacques Perconte (filmmaker video artist), Antonio Somaïni (teacher of film studies, visual studies and media theory, curator of the exhibition Time Machine)

Morning of Ideas: Cinema & the digital corpus: new materials driving what narratives?

The digital age  has created new intimate spaces, as well as new channels of communication, sharing and influence. The virtual permeates our bodies, our movements, our consumer behaviour and more recently our political choices. The acceleration of new technologies in our societies is constantly creating images and innovative ways of using them: the Internet is becoming a collection of archives, artificial intelligence produces images, video games are becoming more like animation. How does cinema accommodate these new materials which are challenging the way our films are made? What stories about our times are they able or unable to convey?
By seizing on these new forms of writing, documentary cinema has the opportunity to move into spaces that were still inaccessible only yesterday. How can this “other reality” be seen, heard, shown and made visible?
Moment of collective discussion, this Morning of Ideas offers the opportunity to imagine together all the films and projects that could emerge out of these questions.

in partnership with SRF (Société des Réalisateurs de films)

Moderated by Alice Leroy (teacher researcher in film studies, Université Paris-Est)
Speakers : Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (artist, filmmaker, editor), Jean-Marc Chapoulie (artist, filmmaker, video maker, teacher), Eléonore Weber (author, theater and film director ), Pascal Goblot (video maker, documentarist), Pierre Cassou-Noguès (writer, philosopher)