Feature Documentary (60 mins) - Produced by Public Pictures & Rock Yenta Productions. Directed by Dennis Mohr
"I recognize in thieves, traitors and murders, in the ruthless and cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty." Jean Genet
"Mugshot" is a feature documentary investigating the cultural significance of the mugshot. Originally a law enforcement tool, the mugshot has deviated from its fundamental purpose as a source of criminal identification. It has been sensationalized through celebritydom, exploited by the leniency of freedom of information, and has captivated the attention of the art world. Mugshot explores the personal stories of those whose lives have been affected by this iconic photograph."
Mugshot gathers a motley crew of writers, artists and collectors whose lives have been transformed by the strange power of the mug shot. Once disregarded as photographic evidence of a crime, these tiny moments of history are now highly valued by many.
Cultural and legal differences are exposed as we travel between Canada and the United States and see how these precious photos are used in historical archives, art and in tabloid culture.
Directed by Dennis Mohr
Produced by Charlotte Engel, Marja Perrin and Dennis Mohr
Cinematography by Andrew Watt
Edited by Rob Ruzic
Music by Bob Wiseman
Broadcasters: TVO, Knowledge Network, SVT, YLE, Spiegel TV,
Distributor: Films Transit