Sponsored by: PNR Networks (CinemaBoston) & Zingerplatz Pictures
Directed by Dennis Mohr
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE – Originally a law enforcement tool, the mug shot has deviated from its fundamental purpose as a source of criminal identification. Today, we’re now guilty of romanticizing mug shots: they fascinate us for very different reasons. Some may take pleasure in the base feeling of laughing at others’ misfortunes, some look upon them as cautionary emblems and reminders of how tenuous freedom can be, while others see them as a vehicle for writing an alternate history of the 20th century.
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 little moments of history are now highly valued by many.