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.

“…a shivery meditation on the poisonous social media speculation that flourished in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.” – Norm Wilner, NOW Toronto, April 12, 2018.

Gema Ramadhan Bastari
Conor Bateman
Damián Bender (in Spanish)
Lucas Granero (in Spanish)
Mike Hoolboom
Paul Landriau (in French)
Ramón Rey (in Spanish)
José Sarmiento Hinojosa
Shelby Shaw (Brooklyn Rail)
Michael Sicinski

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

Special Jury Mention, Experimenta 10, Bengaluru, India, 2017
Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018
Short Film Award, Competencia Vanguardia y Género, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, 2018

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
Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, April 11-22, 2018
CFMDC Market Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany, May 3-8, 2018
Memory Jackets“, curated by John Edmond, Queensland Film Festival at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, May 17, 2018
Ways to See“, S8 Mostra de Cinema Periférico, May 25-June 3, 2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK, June 7-12, 2018
FIDMarseille, France, July 10-16, 2018
The Art House, Columbia College Chicago, October 4, 2018
Doclisboa, Portugal, October 18-28, 2018