Girl Next Door

digital video, 19 minutes & 59 seconds, 2010

Girl Next Door is an experimental documentary mixing factual and fictional information that I worked on over the course of two years.  It is about the cluster of apartment dwellers around me in my North Portland neighborhood. I interviewed two neighbors in their apartments, but when I tried to interview the remaining four neighbors, I could not persuade them to participate.  I asked myself some difficult ethical questions and mulled over some ideas about identity and representation in media, then decided to explore new strategies to represent these camera-shy neighbors.  The remaining two interviews are with people whose life circumstances might be somewhat like my neighbors’ and the last two interviews are with paid actors performing scripts I wrote.