Mark Cousins’ Film Festival Manifesto

It seems that this past September, Mark Cousins, creator of The Story of Film: An Odyssey, published an intriguing manifesto calling for a re-evaluation of values and aims among the film festival programmers of the world that is just beginning to emerge within the online film community (I only discovered it this past week courtesy of MUBI’s Notebook). You can view and save it in .PDF form here; I for one, as someone who loves to attend and cover film festivals when I can, am definitely in support of this document’s spirit of adventure and call for positive change in the rather insular world of film festivals. Whenever I go to a film festival, it’s not just the films that draw me in, but also all the other delights that that specific experience can offer. Thus, I am all for the inclusiveness, creativity, sense of identity, and close-knit, communal vibe that make film festivals so special and that Cousins is beseeching fest organizers to not lose sight of.

How about everyone else – thoughts?

Talk Amongst Yourselves [WhoSay.com]

I just stumbled across this web site today called WhoSay.com (via Tom Hanx). Am I the last person to know about this site or is this a fairly new thing? Why haven’t I heard about it before? Anyone know anything about this service or find it interesting/fun/legit?

If you’re not aware, it’s basically Pinterest for celebrities. Famous people have a profile and they post stuff about themselves and their life (e.g. home videos, pics or writings about daily activities, travels, etc.). I’ve played with it for about 5 minutes and feel like it might be fun to lurk for a while.

Any thoughts?

Talk Amongst Yourselves

Andrew Sarris (1928 – 2012)

“At this late date I am prepared to concede that auteurism is and always has been more a tendency than a theory, more a mystique than a methodology, more an editorial policy than an aesthetic procedure. The cinema is a deep, dark mystery that we auteurists are attempting to solve, and, what is infinitely more difficult, to report our findings in readable prose. The cinema is a labyrinth with a treacherous relation to reality. I suppose that the difference between auteurism and Allen Smithee-worship is the difference between knowing all the questions before finding the answers, and knowing all the answers before formulating the questions.”

More on Sarris: Ebert, Emerson, Brody, Powell, Kenny, and Levy.