August 10, 2012
The New York Times LENS Blog posts an in-depth review of A&D Associate Professor David Turnley’s documentary, Shenandoah, an investigation of a “a tragedy that touched upon several great national themes – the dislocation wrought by fading industry, the turmoil of immigration, the endurance of sports”.
The movie is filled with the stuff of dramatic photographs: the empty trays of a too-quiet doughnut store; the trophies and jerseys decorating a childhood bedroom. But filmmaking has allowed him to add another layer to his work.
“I’m making images, always, but I’m also engaging people in conversation, and I’m trying to get to know not only what I experience in terms of what I see, but also tapping into the hearts and minds of people,” said Mr. Turnley, who has made two previous films.