Journal of Film and Video

Journal of Film and Video is a magazine focusing on Film and Video

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 1/2, Spring

Ant Farm Redux: Pyrotechnics and Emergence
DURING 1988, AS THE TERROR of the Cold war began to thaw and the three US television networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, were still on top, not yet merged with movie studios or cable channels, but with CNN, MTV, and HBO looming on the horizon, I orchestrated...
Canada's Multimedia Master: An E-Mail Interview with Michael Snow
WILLIE VARELA: Michael, first of all, I want to thank you very much for agreeing to respond to these questions for a special issue of the Journal of Film and Video. I wanted to start with a couple of basic questions. I'm curious about your family background...
Cans and Cassettes
WHEN I VIEW MY BODY OF WORK, I'm sometimes as repulsed as when I view my physical body. Actually, I'm whipping that body into shape in case more nude scenes are in the stars for me (fat chance!). When I was a bit heftier, there was someone taking naughty...
Cinema's Missing Children
CINEMA'S MISSING CHILDREN Emma Wilson. London: Wallflower, 2003, 181 pp.Emma Wilson's Cinema's Missing Children appears at a pivotal time in children's cultural studies, a time of increased national awareness of the growing problem of child abuse. Her...
Cinematic Dis-Contents: Addressing a Latina/Latino Avant-Garde through the Browser Apparatus
DIGITAL-INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES at the turn of the twenty-first century spur the reconceptualization of the identity of cinema and its various actual and potential social functions through identifications with cinematic texts. Much of the preliminary...
Digital Moviemaking
DIGITAL MOVIEMAKING Scott Billups. 2nd ed. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2003, 293 pp.During a forum on film financing, maverick independent producer Henry S. Rosenthal wryly told a roomful of potential filmmakers, "If I can convince just one of you...
Laramie Inside Out
LARAMIE INSIDE OUTDirected by Beverly Seckinger, 2004.University Film and Video Association Conference, University of Toledo, 2004.The story of Matthew Shepard is a wrenching reminder of the outer limits of misunderstanding, discrimination, and hate....
Remembering Stan Brakhage: An E-Mail Conversation between Steve Anker and Willie Varela
WILLIE VARELA: So, Steve, let's begin at the beginning. Since Stan's passing in March 2003, I have read in many places that his death signaled the end of an era. In your remembrance/obituary for Film Comment, you described Stan as the last "analogue"...
Technostructural Expectations
Theory for the pmcticing-artist is not strictly scientific in method. Its place in relationship to practice is, if prioritized, secondary rather than primary. The practical work is not simply equivalent to the experiment which proves or disproves the...
The Film Director's Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques
THE FILM DIRECTOR'S INTUITION: SCRIPT ANALYSIS AND REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES Judith Weston. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese, 2003, 364 pp.While Judith Weston says that she set out to write "an entirely new book"(xviii), this is clearly a companion piece to...
The Paradoxes of Quiriguá
NEAR THE BEGINNING OF LEANDRO KATZ's experimental documentary video Paradox, there is a shot of a young Guatemalan boy at the archeological site of Quiriguâ, just outside the banana plantations that are at the center of the video; he is holding up to...
We Will Not Go Quietly: Some Thoughts on the Avant-Garde, Then and Now
Cinema is a huge territory, and for many works, photoplays, documentaries, the level is high. They are admirable, but they stay close-from my perspective-to the common language. But then you have things that uphold the idea of the avant-garde, which...
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