SFOpera - Director's Note

Director's Note

What do people look like when they look at the leaks? What do people look like when they are looking?

When I began working on The Source, I was struck by the sheer volume of material Manning helped make public. It felt impossible to look at it all, and yet to not look at it felt like a failure of responsibility. Jim Findlay and I filmed nearly 100 people as they watched a very small part of what Manning exposed. The resulting footage makes up the main visual element of the production. Jim and I are grateful to those people whose generosity with their time, their faces, their emotions and their myriad ways of looking and being looked at make the visual content of The Source possible.

Librettist's Note