What is Cinema?

Directed by Chuck Workman
Starring Abbas Kiarostami, David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Michael Moore, Kelly Reichardt, Chantal Akerman, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Altman, Robert Bresson
Theatrical Release Date June 06, 2014
Run Time 80 min

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman’s documentary What Is Cinema? tackles the question of its title through over 100 clips and new interviews with Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Robert Altman, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, Michael Moore, critic J. Hoberman, and others, and with archival interviews from Robert Bresson, Alfred Hitchcock, Chantal Akerman, Akira Kurosawa, Abbas Kiarostami, and more. The film also includes commissioned sequences from experimental artists Lewis Klahr and Phil Solomon.\r\n\r\nWhat Is Cinema? not only asks a poignant question, but chronicles the best of filmmaking today and proposes where cinema will go, and should go, in the future.

'What Is Cinema?' is a compelling, enriching look at visionaries old and new, who continue to forge fascinating new paths in a medium that shows no signs of stagnating. Indeed, 'What Is Cinema?' isn't really about where film has been, but where it goes next.
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Time Out New York
Name Role
Abbas Kiarostami Cast Member
Charles S. Cohen Producer
David Lynch Cast Member
Chuck Workman Director
Alfred Hitchcock Cast Member
Mike Leigh Cast Member
Jonas Mekas Cast Member
Michael Moore Cast Member
Kelly Reichardt Cast Member
Chantal Akerman Cast Member
Akira Kurosawa Cast Member
Robert Altman Cast Member
Robert Bresson Cast Member
Country United States of America
Original Language English
Run time 80 min
Year Completed 2014