Mar 24, 2015

Fragments for Spring . . .

This is a photo I took in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, fondly known as the "UP" to the locals. It has little to do with what is posted below. It just reminds me of spring, which is getting a slow start in New York City this year!

Glitches on Film Journal International's website remain, so some of my links are still broken. A spring cleaning and rebooting is imminent.

My review of Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" appears in the latest print edition of Cineaste (

Please check my FB page for updates on my book: "Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast" also has an Amazon page now: Click on my name to see the "Author Page."

Finally, it must be Spring in New York City because the Tribeca Film Festival press screenings begin later this week. My coverage will be published online at FJI's "Screener Blog" in April. 

Love and Marriage Italian Style

I have just posted a link to "Italian Love and Marriage: How the Screen Classics Interpreted It" under Feature Articles (Print/Online). The feature, in which I discuss "Love with the Proper Stranger" and "Wild is the Wind," among other classics, appears in the latest issue of Ambassador, the magazine of the National Italian-American Foundation. 

Mar 23, 2015

Ongoing Exhibit at MoMA: My Interview with a Curator

Last fall, I interviewed Ron Magliozzi, an associate curator in the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art about "100 Years in Post-Production." The ongoing exhibition is about a 1913 film in MoMA's collection from the New York City-based production company Biograph. The studio's unnamed project, which Magliozzi and his co-curator assembled into a rough cut for the exhibition, starred the Caribbean-American theater and film actor Bert Williams. My interview appeared in the Winter issue of Ambassador Magazine. I have placed a link to the left of this column under "Feature Articles." A note to filmmakers: MoMA is considering proposals for the footage.