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Director Alison Chernick on Piecing Together a Documentary About an Elusive Subject

Director Alison Chernick talks to New York Magazine about her short documentary The Artist Is Absent, about the elusive, rarely photographed fashion designer Martin Margiela.

Says Chernick about the film, “I realized that there was no press and no footage of Martin, so that was obviously going to become a major challenge. And then it was like, ‘How am I going to tell this story?’ You always want to avoid talking heads, but in this case the talking heads were sort of the most interesting part and these critics had all put in so much thought into this already. So my job became choreographing and curating these voices and finding the best way to tell the story. And the maison had amazing footage that I couldn’t find elsewhere.”

Read the full story here.