Out of Sight/On the Floor: Unseen Visions in Documentary Film, is an event that happened on March 27, 2013, in conjunction with the current exhibition, Superreal: alternative realities in photography and video at El Museo del Barrio. The event offered conversation and film clips from award winning filmmakers: Christian Ibarra, Frances Negron-Mutaner and Ela Tryano, where they showed unseen excerpts from their documentary films that were in progress.
Documentaries can take on many different forms including expository, perspective, portrait, the meaning of life and much more. Because the clips were unseen, there was no color correct, no sound mix, just raw material. Every movie does start out in a raw form where there is no editing, but the collection of material for it. The material could be footage, costumes, characters, scenes, anything that would make the movie for what the producer wants for it. Without having the raw material, the movie would essentially be nothing.
Many interesting topics were discussed; however, the most interesting one was the use of real people being portrayed in documentaries. Using real people in the documentary makes them look real, but they also have real emotions and they are not just acting. It is what they are going through and the choices or traditions that have to make and follow. Also, gaining access to the people needed for the documentary was all about trust and convincing them that they were being used for a documentary and not any other needs. Making a documentary from someone not-so-famous, really shows the ability of what a filmmaker can produce.