The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Friday, August 18 | 5:30 & 8 pm

Saturday, August 19 | 5:30 & 8 pm

Sunday, August 20 | 2 & 5:30 pm


The latest film from Academy Award®-winning master documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War), The B-Side offers an intimate look at the remarkable life and work of Elsa Dorfman. A natural extension of her warm and inquisitive personality, Dorfman’s interest in portrait photography resulted in an extensive and idiosyncratic body of work that occupies an ambiguous space between fine art, photojournalism, and supersized family album. Beginning her career in Cambridge and New York in the 1960s, she captured iconic images of counterculture luminaries like Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan, while also documenting her own domestic life and that of other ordinary families. Nudged into retirement by the unavailability of the large-format Polaroid stock that had been her preferred medium since the early 1980s, Dorfman muses on her own life in art while considering the fate of the photograph in the post-film era.


The B-Side is preceded by The Umbrella Man, an Errol Morris documentary short film from 2011. 


Director Errol Morris | 2016 | In English | 76 minutes | R (for some graphic nude images and brief language) | DCP

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