Saturday, May 01, 2010

A Visit to Hendrix College

Just in case you'd like to adjust your bookmarks: this will be the new location of the blog.

Even though I've lived in the US for over 20 years, last week marked my first real visit to the American South. Hendrix College, a small, progressive liberal-arts institution in Conway, Arkansas, invited me to spend three days with their faculty and students. As part of the series "Word and Image," I gave a public lecture titled "Film Blogging, Cinephilia and Internet Film Culture." A highlight of my trip was spending time with the faculty who teach film at Hendrix, Kristi McKim and Dorian Stuber. I also screened and conducted a discussion on Ritwik Ghatak's The Cloud-Capped Star (1960), and taught a class on "essay films" in Kristi's "Nonfiction Film" course. Finally, it was a special treat to meet and share meals and conversation with many young and cinema-passionate students. In all: a wonderful, energizing experience.

As part of my lecture presentation, I introduced the audience to the film-blogosphere and took them to over 20 websites, explaining briefly each one's unique strengths and value. The sites and writers included (in no particular order): David Hudson's Auteurs Daily; Jonathan Rosenbaum; Catherine Grant; David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson; Dave Kehr; Steven Shaviro; Michael Sicinski; Long Pauses; Kevin Lee; Jeffrey Sconce; Zach Campbell; Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; Dan Sallitt; Richard Brody; Jim Emerson; Self-Styled Siren; Mubarak Ali; Kinoslang; Matthew Flanagan; Ry Knight; Chris Cagle; and several others. I'm recording them here in hyperlinked form especially for those who might've been in the lecture audience and might like to make note of and explore these sites further.

This reminds me that it's been a long while since I put up a post here asking for your favorite recent blog/website discoveries (please interpret "recent" loosely to cover the last couple of years!). Any websites or blogs or Twitter pages that you find valuable that are not so widely known or are absent from the blogroll to the left? Perhaps we can share our discoveries and recommendations here and turn the comments section into a repertory of online reading tips on film (or otherwise). Thanks!

pic: Ritwik Ghatak's The Cloud-Capped Star.