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Playing the Part:

Performance and Participation in Documentary

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From Kate Plays Christine, Bisbee ’17, to his latest film, Procession, critically acclaimed director Robert Greene continues to push the boundaries of documentary filmmaking. Integrating performance and participation as an essential part of his process, he has pushed the boundaries of the contemporary documentary form. From unearthing emotional landscapes and histories to its use as a form of trauma therapy, Greene explores the evolution of his unique approach and its potential to excavate subjective truths.


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Robert Greene serves as the filmmaker-in-chief at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri. Greene’s films include the award-winning Bisbee ’17 (2018), the Sundance Award-winning Kate Plays Christine (2016), and the Gotham Award-nominated Actress (2014). He has edited many others, including Her Smell (2018), Golden Exits (2017), Queen of Earth (2015), and Listen Up Philip (2014) by Alex Ross Perry, and award-winning documentaries such as Approaching the Elephant (2014). Greene was an inaugural Sundance Art of Nonfiction fellow in 2015. He also writes criticism for Sight and Sound and many other outlets.