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I had asked my parents for a gun that shot real bullets for Christmas, but instead I got a movie camera. I was disappointed, but I resolved to use that camera in much the same way I would have used a weapon.
            - Joe Gibbons
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According to critic J. Hoberman, Gibbons "invented a new psychodrama which might be termed the 'confessional'" - it ultimately subverts that genre. Blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, self and persona, his films and tapes combine a desire to connect, to confess, with a contradictory impulse to confabulate and dissimulate."

Joe has received fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NY State Council on the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, The LEF Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, and other venues. His work has been chosen for the Whitney Biennial, the NY Video Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. "Confessions of a Sociopath" was included in "Best Films of the Year" lists in Film Comment and Artforum magazines.

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