Relational Filmmaking: A Manifesto
           
Relational filmmakers do not make films about people.
Relational filmmakers make films with people.
Relational filmmakers do not interview subjects.
Relational filmmakers have conversations with other people.               
Relational filmmakers do not make films for unknown audiences.
Relational filmmakers make films for their friends and neighbors.
Relational filmmakers do not know what the final film will look like.   
Relational filmmakers make formal decisions that address the aesthetic, ethical, technical, and personal problems encountered throughout the making of the film.   
Relational filmmakers do not adhere to established modes or conventions.
Relational filmmakers make films that are abstract, factual, and fictional, all at once.
Relational filmmakers do not fuck around with these tools of representation and power.   
Relational filmmakers use their tools to experiment with new ways of being and to emancipate new forms of subjectivity.       
       
Relational filmmakers believe that reality is the consequence of what we do together. Their films carry and conduct traces of this belief. Relational films are co- created through careful and playful interrogations of the roles performed by the people and materials involved with the film’s production and reception: artists, subjects, passers-by, audiences, environments, ideas, and things.               
By Julie Perini
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
September 2009



Julie Perini makes experimental and documentary films/videos, as well as photographs, installations, events, and works of creative writing. She’s the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and residencies and has exhibited her work internationally. Julie is an Associate Professor of Art Practice at Portland State University. She is a backcountry guide with the arts/environmental organization Signal Fire. Originally from the East Coast, she now lives in Portland, Oregon among an inspiring community of artists, troublemakers, and consciousness-expanders. 
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