Criterion Channel filling void left by shuttered Filmstruck
Kirsten Johnson's Oscar-shortlisted documentary Cameraperson will debut on The Criterion Channel streaming service this Wednesday, joining an array of nonfiction and fiction titles on the new platform.
The film explores the interpersonal and ethical dimensions of the work Johnson has been engaged in for almost two decades -- as a cinematographer on major documentaries, from citizenfour to The Invisible War.
What I'm interested in is how deep can we go?
"When I'm shooting I want to know you, I want to talk to you more and whatever we've set up in the relationship of this moment -- I want more. I'm curious and I'm engaged in this way that I think people [I'm shooting] feel and they want to stay too, and so we're in something together," Johnson told Nonfictionfilm.com. "What I'm interested in is how deep can we go?"
Criterion titles were previously available on the Filmstruck streaming service from Turner Classic Movies, a division of Time Warner. But when AT&T acquired Time Warner, it shuttered Filmstruck, preferring to pump resources into the launch of a broader streaming platform intended to rival Netflix.
In response, Criterion set up its own streaming platform, which costs $10.00 a month, or $100 for a full-year upfront.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.