Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson was the last film I watched in 2016, on New Year's Eve, and it was also one of the best. Comprised of footage she has shot both for herself and for countless other documentary filmmakers and then brilliantly edited by Nels Bangerter, Johnson's film shows us the scenes that don't always make it into the final cut of a movie and elucidates the work she does behind the camera. There are so many beautiful and heart-wrenching sequences I can't even begin to list them all here, but I was impressed over and over again with Johnson's courage to go where many people wouldn't dare, and to tell the stories of the marginalized and invisible, especially women. The film is an autobiography as well, not only because she includes home movies of her family but also clips where you hear her disembodied voice talking to herself or engaging with her subjects. In these powerful moments Johnson reveals that she is not only an incredible cameraperson from a technical standpoint, but due to her compassion as well.