Patricia Zimmermann publishes chapter in British Film Institute documentary book


Contributed by Melissa Gattine

Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, has recently published a chapter, “Documentary as Open Space” in The Documentary Film Book, a major volume edited by Brian Winston for the British Film Institute.

The chapter is co-written with Helen DeMichiel, a transmedia designer, documentary filmmaker, and media arts advocate. It postulates a theory of open space documentary practice in new media, where collaboration, convening, dialogue, continual iterations, and migration across platforms displace analog documentary ideas about fixed structures and deductive arguments.