Michael Glawogger with Scott MacDonald at UnionDocs in 2012
[su_quote url=”http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/arts/michael-glawogger-austrian-filmmaker-is-dead-at-54.html?_r=1″ target=”_blank”]Michael Glawogger, an Austrian filmmaker known for globe-trotting documentaries that show people grappling with horrendous circumstances, died on Wednesday in Liberia, where he was planning his next movie. He was 54.
Mr. Glawogger first captured wide attention in 1998 with “Megacities.” Subtitled “12 Stories of Survival,” it strung together scenes from mostly poor inhabitants of Mumbai, New York, Mexico and Moscow, including Times Square street hustlers and a Mexican striptease dancer preparing breakfast for her three young children.
As in most of Mr. Glawogger’s films, the narration in “Megacities” is sparse; he said he wanted viewers to come to their own conclusions. It turned out to be the first film in a trilogy, followed by “Workingman’s Death” (2005) and “Whore’s Glory” (2011).[/su_quote]
(from NYTimes, April 25, 2014)
Michael was an inspiration to UnionDocs. We were lucky to have had him visit the space in 2012 when he lead a very inspiring masterclass in 2012.
online UnionDocs’ advisor Pawel Wojtasik’s recently posted this YouTube trailer shot at the 2010 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, curated by Dennis Lim.
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