This week on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast we’re featuring a special conversation from the 50th edition of New Directors/New Films, with Theo Anthony the director of All Light, Everywhere, this year’s closing night selection, and FLC’s assistant programmer Tyler Wilson.
As evidenced by his provocative 2016 feature debut Rat Film, Theo Anthony sees the nonfiction cinematic form as an opportunity for forensic exploration and an essayistic zeroing in on the entrenched biases that lie beneath our contemporary social and technological realities. His new film is a breakthrough, using the increased regularity of body cams in U.S. law enforcement as the anchor point for an ever-expanding treatise on perception, power, and policing, and how these ideologies stem from legacies of racial profiling that in part define the makeup of the Western world. Anthony’s compelling film eschews “ripped-from-the-headlines” issue-oriented documentary filmmaking for a burrowing, intellectual curiosity, interrogating subjectivity itself and reminding the viewer that the camera, with the ingrained perceptual biases of those who wield it, can be the deadliest weapon of all. All Light, Everywhere plays nationwide in our Virtual Cinema May 8-13 during New Directors/New Films.
If you missed a film from the first half of the festival, you can still watch it with our Virtual All-Access Pass. To celebrate this milestone year of ND/NF, use promo code “SAVE40” during checkout in our Virtual Cinema to get 40% off the pass and access the entire lineup.