I agree with this manifesto. Thank you for it. My own documentary practice explores how meaning emerges through juxtaposition rather than exposition, through friction between images and sounds and especially between present and past, contemporary/original footage and research/archival footage, and ultimately between viewer and screen. These commitments guide my transhistorical, diptych Between Neighborhoods (81 mins. 2017) about the histories of imperialism and immigration that orbit Robert Moses’s Unisphere in Queens, between the ages of Ocasio-Cortez and Trump and that of Moses and W.W. Rostow. An 11 min. excerpt (as well as a recent, 8.5 mins interview with me about it) resides at http://www.cuny.tv/show/shortdocs/PR2007763. To learn more about Between Neighborhoods, including how to see all of it, visit sevenlocalfilm.com, where there is also a link to a Jump Cut 58 interview with me that historicizes the effort to go beyond story, discussing films that influenced my approach.
WHAT FILMS GO BEYOND STORY? HOW? WHY, IDENTIFY / EXPLAIN ALTERNATIVES TO STORY