Chris Kennedy

Watching the Detectives

36 minutes, 16mm, color, silent, 2017

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to the Internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4chan and other gathering spots poured over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using texts and jpegs culled from these investigations, Watching the Detectives narrates the process of crowd sourcing culpability.

Mike Hoolboom
Michael Sicinski

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

Special Jury Mention, Experimenta 10, Bengaluru, India, 2017

Selected Screenings:
“The World Viewed: The Films of Chris Kennedy”, curated by Benjamin Taylor, Visions Montreal, August 16, 2017
Arkipel International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 19-26, 2017
“Total Coverage: Chris Kennedy and Rebecca Baron”, Pleasure Dome, October 14, 2017
“Spacial Corrections”, curated by Janelle VanderKelen & Takahiro Suzuki, aCinema, Milwaukee WI, Nov 17, 2017
Experimenta 10, Bengaluru, India, November 28 – December 3, 2017
“Post-truth”, curated by Sazkia Noor Anggraini, Festival Film Dokumenter, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, December 9-15, 2017
“Forum Expanded”, Berlinale, February 15-25, 2018
Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 20-25, 2018
Images Festival, Toronto, April 12-20, 2018