Recent Reads: FSFF Turns 10; Teaching Media Against the Global Right, etc.

— Here’s wishing Catherine Grant’s pioneering, iconic blog Film Studies for Free a Happy 10-year Anniversary! Catherine has put up an epic post to mark the occasion.

— Brian D. Johnson: “Cinema is changing. Can TIFF adapt?” (Via B. Ruby Rich.)

A great slide-essay by So Mayer on the intersections between Věra Chytilová’s Daisies (1966) and feminist art.

— Jenn Fang at Teen Vogue: “Yellowface, Whitewashing and the History of White People Playing Asian Characters.”

— An open-access Cinema Journal dossier on “Teaching Media Against the Global Right”, edited by Priya Jaikumar and Kay Dickinson.

— In the Sydney Morning Herald: On the rise of Indigenous filmmaking in Australia.

Leo Goldsmith reports from “Cinema Camp, an annual gathering of filmmakers, artists, curators, critics, theorists and cinephiles … This year, the theme was ‘Imperfect Cinema’.”

Darren Hughes interviews filmmaker Valerie Massadian, whose new film Milla is among the very best of the year.

Laurie Penny on the new Queer Eye: “There is a reason straight women love this show. It’s the pornography of emotional labor.”

Katy Waldman in The New Yorker on Robin DiAngelo’s excellent new book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

— In the Los Angeles Times: “14 Film Critics on Making Media More Inclusive.”

— A new discovery for me: the UK critic Sophie Brown’s writings on documentary: at her Tinyletter page and at the BFI site.

— This is a moving and essential read: Daniel Heath Justice’s “Letter to an Emerging Indigenous Writer.”

— Let me end by recommending three strong films I saw this month:
1. Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer (2008).
2. Jennifer Phang’s Advantageous (2015).
3. Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap (2018).