Featured True/False Film Fest photographer, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield to visit Columbia

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 6:09 p.m. CST; updated 12:10 a.m. CST, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Jackie Siegel, center, talks on the phone surrounded by a few of her eight children. Siegel and her husband set out to build a replica of the Palace of Versailles. Before they could complete their 90,000-square-foot home, the economy fell apart, leaving the home unfinished. Their story is the subject of “Queen of Versailles,” by director Lauren Greenfield, which will be shown at the True/False Film Fest.

COLUMBIA — Lauren Greenfield, a photographer and documentary filmmaker who often spends five to 10 years with her subjects, works to create stories with depth and personal connection.

Greenfield, named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers today, will visit MU on Friday to talk about her work, including documentaries "THIN," "kids + money" and "Beauty Culture." Her latest film, "The Queen of Versailles," will be shown at the True/False Film Fest, which begins Thursday and ends Sunday. 

The sheer amount of time Greenfield spends with her subjects allows her to produce layered and detailed storytelling, said Frank Evers, Greenfield's husband and manager.

"People respond to a more in-depth storytelling," Evers said. Her stories are "less about the subject and more about the culture we live in. It goes beyond looking at the other to looking at the self."

Greenfield's talk at MU is open to all members of the community and will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in Gannett Hall's Fisher Auditorium. Her visit is sponsored by Canon's Explorers of Light program, which brings professional photographers and the public together to "share their photographic passions and technical expertise," according to Canon's website.

Greenfield's visit to MU, also sponsored by the photojournalism program at the Missouri School of Journalism, coincides with the 7:30 p.m. showing of "The Queen of Versailles" at the film festival Friday. 

David Rees, chair of the photojournalism faculty, said the visit is meant to give students "the opportunity to learn about how to do work with that kind of significance."

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