Films byTexts by Marcy Goldberg

Marcy Goldberg (1969) is a film historian, media consultant, university lecturer and translator. She studied cinema and cultural studies in Toronto, Canada, and has been based in Zurich, Switzerland for many years. She collaborates frequently with film curators and festival programmers. Her current research focuses mainly on documentary film and Swiss film history. Recent publications include: an essay on Peter Liechti’s early works in the reader Minor Cinema: Experimental Film in Switzerland (2020); Utopia and Documentary: Documentary, Activism and Imagined Worlds (2000), co-edited with Simon Spiegel and Andrea Reiter.

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Making a film is like a laboratory for a whole thought process, a place where one can take stock, not only of one’s own personal development, but also other people’s. It is a very privileged creative space where something can be grasped that might otherwise drift off like smoke and disappear. However, at times, I have dreamed of doing something completely different because filmmaking is the work of sublimation, as they say, and therefore restrictive. Afterwards, there is not necessarily an exchange or a return that could keep things alive. You have to start over and begin creating again immediately. If you stop, things get very quiet.