Desktop Cinema with Kevin B Lee (live performance)

Join SDI in partnership with Document Human Rights Film Festival for a special live desktop-documentary performance from filmmaker and media artist, Kevin B. Lee

Kevin’s latest work is Bottled Songs, an ongoing cross-media project produced in collaboration with fellow artist Chloé Galibert-Laîné, depicting strategies for making sense of online terrorist propaganda and its viral circulation in the contemporary mediascape.

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, media artist, and critic. He has produced over 360 video essays exploring film and media.

His award-winning Transformers: The Premake introduced the “desktop documentary” format, was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound and screened in many festivals including Berlin Critics Week, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Viennale International Film Festival.

Through Bottled Songs, his collaborative project with Chloé Galibert-Laîné, he was awarded the 2018 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Grant, the 2018 European Media Artist Platform Residency, and the 2019 Eurimages Lab Project Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

He was 2017 Artist in Residence of the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. In 2019 he produced “Learning Farocki”, a series of video essays on Harun Farocki, commissioned by the Goethe Institut. In 2020 he is co-curating the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist with Will DiGravio and Cydnii Wilde Harris.

He was Founding Editor and Chief Video Essayist at Fandor from 2011-2016, supervising producer at Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, and has written for The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate and Indiewire. He is Professor of Crossmedia Publishing at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart.


Chapters 1 to 4 of Bottled Songs screen 25-31 January, available to view from anywhere in the UK.

FREE, RSVP required to receive a Zoom link. 


25 January 2021, 06.00PM - 08.00PM



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