Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to the internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4chan and other gathering spots poured over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using texts and jpegs culled from these investigations, "Watching the Detectives" narrates the process of crowd-sourcing culpability.
"Chris Kennedy's latest offering is...a half-hour meta-doc about the online sleuthing surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Imagine 'Patriot's Day' without Mark Wahlberg leading the charge. Instead, a steadfast group of amateur photo fabulists sift evidence, converting pictures into language." - Mike Hoolboom (Pleasure Dome program notes)
"Chris Kennedy's 'Watching the Detectives' is a shivery meditation on the poisonous social media speculation that flourished in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing" - Norm Wilner, NOW Toronto.
Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018; Best Short Film of the Avant Garde & Genre Competition, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, 2018
Selected Screenings: DocLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 2018; Images Festival, Toronto, ON, 2018; Berlinale Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany, 2018; Experimenta India, 2017; Pleasure Dome "Total Coverage," Toronto, ON, 2017; Visions Montreal, Montreal, QC, 2017