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Desktop Documentaries

On 11/11/2020, Gerda Cammaer requested recommendations from the Visible Evidence listserv for desktop non-fiction films, as well as publications about this genre. This list was compiled by Lara Harb, then a candidate Masters of Documentary Media (Ryerson University) under the supervision of Gerda Cammaer. This list includes a resource list from the Desktop Cinema Working Group, shared by Felicity Palma.


«[…] craving for narrative» lässt sich einfach nicht gut übersetzen (2016), Director: Machs Grau

.TV (2017), Director: Anthony Svatek

18 Black Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity – Performed in Bedstuy, Brooklyn (2015), Director: Terence Nance

18 Black Girls Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity – Performed in Bedstuy, Brooklyn (2015), Director: Terence Nance

A propos de Lanzarote et de Michel Houellebecq en particulier (2020), Director: Vincent Tricon

All That is Solid (2014), Director: Louis Henderson

Amazonia (2019), Director: Roger Beebe

Apple Computers (2013), Director: Nick Briz

Aquí y allá (Here and There) (2020), Director: Melissa Liebenthal

As If Sand Were Stone… (2019), Director: Ben Mendelsohn

At Home But Not At Home (2020), Director: Suneil Sanzgiri

“Baby Come Home,” Foundland (2015), Director: Foundland Video

Big_Sleep™ (2015), Directors: Evan Meaney and Amy Szczepanski

Bodycam (2016), Director: Stéphane Myczkowski

Clean With Me (After Dark) (2019), Director: Gabrielle Stemmer

Cleaning the Glass (2016), Director: Brett Kashmere

The Comic Sans Video (2018), Director: Roger Beebe

Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #3: Modeling Paranodal Space (2016), Director: Zach Blas

Current State of Everything: Body as Archive (2018), Director: dana washington

Dear Bill Gates (2006), Director: Sarah Christman

Dear Steve (2010), Director: Herman Asselberghs

Divieto 2 (2018), Director: Alex Tyson

Exercises in Historical Perspective (2006), Director: Ben Mendelsohn

Films of Kevin B. Lee

Foot Stretcher (2017), Director: Inbar Hagai

General Motors (1976), Director: Phil Morton

Grosse Fatigue (2013), Director: Camille Henrot

Harun Farocki: The Counter-Image (2019), Director: Kevin B. Lee

Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind (2016), Director: Yazan Khalili

Holly Herndon – Chorus (2014), Director: Akihiko Taniguchi

Holly Herndon – Home (2014), Director: Metahaven

Homage by Assassination (1992), Director: Elia Suleiman

How to Disappear Completely (2020?), Director: Cameron Granger

How to/Why Leave Facebook (2014), Director: Nick Briz

influencer (2018), Director: Lillian Dam Bracia

Lineage for Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One (2015), Director: Sondra Perry

The Migrating Image (2019), Director: Stefan Kruse Jørgensen

Miscalculated Projections (2015), Director: Alice Dalgalarrondo

My Crush Was a Superstar (2016), Directors: Chloë Galibert-Lainé and Kevin B. Lee

My First Film (2015), Director: Zia Anger

My Life in Google (2015), Director: Adam Sekuler

My%Desktop (2002), Directors: JODI–Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans

Nightingale (2019), Director: Tara Judah

Noah (2013), Directors: Patrick Cederberg and Walter Woodman

Occidente (2014), Director: Ana Vaz

On the Secret We Share (2018), Director: Jerome AB

Positive YouTubers–A Machinima Documentary (2017), Director: Leandro Goddinho

Russian Windows (2018), Director: Olivia Eberts

Shared Grief (2015), Director: Adam Sekuler

Soft Film (2016), Director: Sara Cwyner

Street Views (2014), Director: Annie Berman

The Sweetest Sound (2001), Director: Alan Berliner

Transformers: The Premake (2014), Director: Kevin B. Lee

Vague Images at the Beginning and End of the Day (2015), Director: Carl Elsaesser

Videograms of a Revolution (1993), Director: Harun Farocki

Watching the Pain of Others (2018), Director: Chloë Galibert-Lainé

What is Deep Sea Mining? Episode 1: Tools for Ocean Literacy (2018), Director: Inhabitants

What is Deep Sea Mining? Episode 4: A Deep Sea Mining Glossary (2019), Director: Inhabitants

When Things Occur (2016), Director: Oraib Toukan

Why Go Vegan: A Desktop Documentary (n.d.), Director: Karleigh Murphy

windows_h264_01 (2017), Director: Ingo Raschka

Wo/anderland (2020), Director: MassHysteria

You Are Now Running on Reserve Battery Power (2011), Director: Jessie Stead

Your father was born 100 years old and so was the Nakba (2017), Director: Razan AlSalah


Music Videos


Lonely Generation,” by Echosmith (2019)

Modern Loneliness,” by Lauv (2020)

Run and Run,” by Lyrical School (2016)


Articles and Other Sources


260. Desktop Cinema Presentation.” Kevin B. Lee. Vimeo (2014).

Computer Interface as Film: Post-Media Aesthetics of Desktop Documentary.” Luka Bešlagić. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies (October 2019).

Desktop Documentary.” Film Scalpel (n.d.)

In Another American Skin: Development of Empathy through Desktop Documentary Making.” James Schul. Social Studies Research and Practice 6, no. 3 (December 2011): 18–33.

The Interface as Playground: Albert Figurt’s Desktop Narratives.” Marijn Bril. Tactical Visual Culture (November 11, 2020).

Narrative and Database in ‘All That is Solid,’ a Desktop Documentary.” Sara Magno. Galáxia (São Paulo) 41 (2019): 14-30.

On Desktop Documentary (or Kevin B. Lee Goes Meta!).” Film Studies for Free (April 6, 2015).

“Screenic (Re)orientations : Desktop, Tabletop, Tablet, Booklet, Touchscreen, Etc.” Miriam De Rosa and Wanda Strauven. In Screen Space Reconfigured, 231-262. Susanne Saether and Synne Tollerud Bull, eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Video Essay: The Essay Film–Some Thoughts of Discontent.” Kevin B. Lee. BFI (May 22, 2017).

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