— 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).