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Surveillance Camera Cinema (Video Essay)


A video essay on surveillance camera cinema – films made entirely out of surveillance camera footage- including Faceless, Influenza, and Der Riese.

Essay written and edited by Christopher Heron and narrated by Amy Cunningham.


This video essay was first published in February of 2012.

Works Cited

Doyle, Aaron. “An Alternative Current in Surveillance and Control: Broadcasting Surveillance Footage of Crimes.” The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility. Ed. Kevin D. Haggerty and Richard V. Ericson. Toronto: U Toronto P, 2006. 199-224.

McGrath, John E. Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space. London: Routledge, 2004.

Pauleit, Winfried. “Video Surveillance and Postmodern Subjects: The Effects of the Photographesomenon — An Image-Form in the ‘Futur antérieur’.” CTRL [SPACE ]. Ed. Thomas Y. Levin, et al. Karlsruhe: ZKM, 2002. 465-479.

Virilio, Paul. The Vision Machine. 1988. Trans. Julie Rose. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1994.

Virilio, Paul. Open Sky. 1995. Trans. Julie Rose. London: Verso, 1997.

By The Seventh Art

The Seventh Art is a Toronto-based online magazine about cinema founded in 2012, with a focus on in-depth interviews with filmmakers.