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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Just to See ~ a Mystery

Directed by Jin Ju Lee

Woman Filmmaker, Biography, EcoCinema, Arts in Film, Documentary / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Social Issues / 80 mins / English, Korean

Just to See – A Mystery

KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
September 24, 2016 1:00 pm


A lyrical film portrait of photographer Philip Perkis, who penetrates life’s essential questions through black and white photography. Made by his former student and initially inspired by his small, poetic book “Teaching Photography: Notes Assembled,” the film investigates and finds connections between Perkis’s lived life and the world of his photography. It also explores the intimate, but respectful-and often playful-relationship between teacher and student.



Director's Bio

The director, Jin Ju Lee, first met Philip Perkis in his photography class at the School of Visual Arts in New York City seven years ago. At that time she was deeply inspired by both his photographs and his method of teaching. The relationship continued. During these seven years of contact, a museum retrospective of his work was mounted and a second monograph of his work was published, while he also had a second heart surgery and a kidney transplant. While still in recovery from these surgeries, she asked permission to make a film about him, and he agreed. The initial inspiration for the film was his small book, “Teaching Photography: Notes Assembled,” written after 40 years of teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The film is built around this distillation of his experiences. The director herself practices Philip’s exercises in seeing with her camcorder and some of these exercises are shown in the film.


Producer: Jin Ju Lee
Cinematography: Jin Ju Lee
Editing: Jin Ju Lee
Music: Minwhee Lee

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Just to See – A Mystery

KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
September 24, 2016 1:00 pm