Masterclass with Henry Corra: Living Cinema

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From Kosovo 2.0

Henry Corra is an American director best known for his relation to what he calls “Living Cinema.” Over the course of his career Corra has worked on campaigns for international brands such as Mercedes Benz, Reebok, Gateway Computers, McDonalds, Ford, and Procter & Gamble.
He has directed movies like The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan(2010, 77’), NY 77, the Coolest Year in Hell (2007, 120’), Same Sex America (2005, 90’), Frames (2004, 53’) and Change of Heart (1992, 57’). Recently, he has released Farewell to Hollywood which screened at DokuFest.

Corra is spending some time in Prizren as a guest of the festival. Yesterday, he led a masterclass named “Living Cinema,” so we went there to meet him and spoke to him about Living Cinema and his time in Prizren.

K2.0: I wanted to ask you something about the masterclass, what are your impressions?

Corra: I never plan them in advance, although I know all the pieces but I have no idea how the arc of the conversation is gonna go, and this one was very very interesting because I spoke briefly and only showed one film, one clip and everybody completely got it and then the conversation took on a life of its own, and to me that’s top.

K2.0: Could you tell us something about your experience as a director, filmmaker, and what Living Cinema is to you?

Corra: Okay, Living Cinema for me is what I call the kind of movies that I seem to wanna make and the movies are based on me finding characters with incredible stories, who I not only tell the story of, but they wanna collaborate with me, and collapse the boundary between filmmaker and subject, and hopefully break down the barriers between the audience as well. And also break down the barriers between art and life, ‘cause we wanna make movies, we wanna make a movie that you never forget, that make you feel you went through something, exactly the way we went through it.

K2.0: And how do you like DokuFest, and your time in Prizren?

Corra: It’s perfect, I mean it’s like amazing people, the conversations have been completely interesting and challenging non-stop, it’s a beautiful place, a part of the world that I’ve never been to… very intellectually and artistically aware and stimulating and much more interesting than Sundance FIlm Festival, where everybody’s trying to be a hotshot and everybody’s trying to make a big sale of their movie, still Hollywood…. and this is just off-putting to me, these are people who seem to love art and cinema and to love conversation, you know, and that’s what to me, to me… to me the life of a working artist is a big conversation… one big conversation.