Friday, June 4, 2010

Kate Davis

Southern Comfort (2001) is a documentary about a mutually supportive group of transgender friends, one of whom, Robert Eads, has ovarian cancer. Kate Davis shot much of the film on her own, using a camcorder. Reflecting on its success in an interview with Amy Souza, she said "'Southern Comfort' is an example of finding a story and just going and taking a small camera and doing it." The film shows the closeness and access that is often the outcome of "one-man crew" productions. The editing and storytelling make use of months of shooting: no outside narrator is needed, well-paced reveals drive the narrative along, and an array of characters, chain smokers all, are fully formed.
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