Keep Up With My Work at The Film Experience!

Greetings, readers! Things have been mostly light here at filmmixtape, as I’ve been a steady contributor to The Film Experience and focusing on generating freelance work. I will continue to post regular reviews, but be sure to read my news pieces and reviews over at TFE as well! September will possibly be a light month on this site as I will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival and helping cover it for TFE.

ICYMI I started a regular series at TFE called Soundtracking, writing about soundtracks and music in the movies. It’s quickly become the work I’ve been most proud of and enjoyed writing, so I hope everyone enjoys! I’ve come up on ten installments, so I wanted to share them here in case there are readers who haven’t caught up:

I’m Still Here, I Promise

Ach! Apologies for the lack of postings of late – life has swept me away into a frenzy of Pride celebrating, home buying, and tiredness. But my batteries are charging, and I will have more coming soon!

But maybe here’s a perfect time to remind you I haven’t been totally lazy. Please check out my work over at The Film Experience, including recent favorites like my review of The Fits and an Emmy FYC for Girls. I also wrote about The Craft‘s 20th Anniversary for Decider.

More soon…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello readers!

I just wanted to take a quick moment of gratitude. Be sure to check out what I was thankful for at the movies this year over at The Film Experience, and check out the submissions from the other delightful folks in Team Experience! I’m so happythankyoumoreplease about being the newest part of their exceptional team!

The biggest of “thank you”s goes to my encouraging, patient, and endlessly kind husband, Joe! Thank you for being the biggest supporter of my work and my one-man hype team.

Thank you friends and family for your enthusiasm and for those of you who gave me crap for not starting this sooner.


Deserved Recognition for One of Our Favorites

A hearty congratulations to Gateway Film Center on being selected by the Sundance Art Institute Art House Project! The recognition is awarded to theatres that provide unique viewing opportunities in their communities and are models for the success of independent venues. Gateway has given my hometown of Columbus, OH consistent programming often unavailable in similar markets and been committed to keeping the dialogue dynamic in our film-going community, so their inclusion is fitting and well-earned. Their commitment to providing all varieties of film old and new is a gift that the city continues to discover, but Sundance recognition speaks to our emerging film community and the hard work of those that continue to foster it.

You can read more about our love for Gateway and the city’s movie-houses, and we’ll have more to say in the future. Be sure to check out all of the awarded theatres here!

Press Pause: On Waiting and Watching

Especially in this time of year, the festival season wrapping up shortly with AFI Fest bringing up the rear in the coming weeks, the conversation for any given film starts well before a general audience can pay to see it. We rely on the festivals to stoke anticipation for what will be the Must See conversation movies of the fall, starting all the way back in May at Cannes. Then, you’ll get a second wave when the film actually drops to a usually limited audience in the major cities. By the time it hits your city, for those of us outside of the top 20 markets, you may have already read backlash to the backlash of any given film; you come to the conversation surrounding the film as a reactor to it rather than a participant in it.

This has been one of my major frustrations as a film-lover and one of the misguided excuses I’ve used to have delayed starting this site. So how do I respond to the challenge as someone who’s trying to grow their voice in this discussion? The short answer is: I don’t. Though the large amount of reviews in the first week would make it seem otherwise, filmmixtape will not just be about what you can go see this week. The site will be the past, present, and future, and hopefully reflect my point of view (my mixtape-style tastes, if you will).

But, at the end of the day, why complain about waiting a few extra weeks just to say I’m in the conversation as it’s happening (especially as it’s presumptuous to think I’m really being heard)? While I want to devour everything I can and would love to be able to see films that are stuck with the most minimal distribution, think of the film-lovers that never get to experience even the most taken-for-granted prestige picks in the theatre just because of what part of the country they’re living.

This is where I get to be a local fanboy.

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