Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus

Leading film critics from across the country and Chicago took part in a three day conference exploring the past, present, and future of film criticism. Audio recordings of the conference’s three panel discussions are available here.

Panel One: Past Perfect—Critical Histories, Seminal Touchstones, and Rediscoveries

Moderator: Nick Davis (Assistant Professor, English and Gender Studies, Northwestern University)
Participants:
Farran Smith Nehme (Writer, Self-Styled Siren Blog)
Jonathan Rosenbaum (Writer; Visiting Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University)
Fred Camper (Artist; Film Critic)
Dave Kehr (Video Columnist, New York Times)
Gabe Klinger (Film Critic and Journalist; Professor; Curator)

Listen Now (audio, 78 MB, 1:25 minutes)

Panel Two: Present Tense/Future Conditional—The Changing Landscape of Criticism

Moderator: Scott Foundas (Associate Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center)
Participants: Michael Phillips (Film Critic, Chicago Tribune)
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Film Critic, Ebert Presents At the Movies)
Karina Longworth (Film Editor, LA Weekly; critic, Village Voice Media)
Wesley Morris (Film Critic, Boston Globe)
Scott Tobias (Film Editor, The A.V. Club)

Listen Now (audio, 82 MB, 1:30 minutes)

Panel Three: Critical Voices: Style, Substance, and Scope—The Art of Film Writing

Moderator: Hank Sartin (Senior Editor, Time Out Chicago)
Participants: Farran Nehme Smith (Writer, Self-Styled Siren Blog)
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Film Critic, Ebert Presents At the Movies)
Wesley Morris (Film Critic, Boston Globe)
Scott Foundas (Associate Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center)
Jonathan Rosenbaum (Writer; Visiting Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Listen Now (audio, 75 MB, 1:22 minutes)

Special support for Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus was provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Rubens Family Foundation, and the Medill School of Journalism and Office of the Provost, Northwestern University.

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