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Eddie Schmidt: Chain Camera

[ photo: Eddie Schmidt ]

Chain Camera

Eddie Schmidt '92 gave video cameras to 10 students at John Marshall High School in L.A. with instructions to pass them around chain-letter style, for an entire school year. Schmidt (the producer), Kirby Dick (the director), and the rest of the crew then took the 700 hours of footage collected from 200 different teens and whittled it down to a 90-minute documentary, Chain Camera, a hit with reviewers at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. As Schmidt explained to the VQ, the film's objective was "to make a documentary that eliminated the distance between filmmakers and the subjects, and to give teenagers who might not get a chance to express themselves in the media that opportunity to do so."


VQ Summer 2001
Photo credit: Courtesy of Eddie Schmidt