Author: Film Quarterly

From Diversity Hire to Diverse Critic: A Personal Case Against Critical Representation Theory

Fifteen years ago, I was in my final semester as a graduate student at the Columbia University School of Journalism, preparing to begin a fellowship program at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. Instead of an encouraging send-off, however, the school’s lead radio professor—himself an alumnus of the network—told me my fellowship was nothing more than a corporate diversity scheme, adding that “diversity hires” were recruited through such programs to increase visibility but that they ultimately failed because those fellows were so underqualified for such roles.

Spring 2022: Volume 75, Number 3

Sky Hopinka’s Visual Sovereignty
Bad Trans Objects, Redeemed
Interview: Wayne Wang
The Politics of Parallel Mothers
Interview: Pascale Ferran
Hollywood’s Movie Theatre Empire
Latin American Non-Fiction
A Critical Representation Theory
Ingmar Bergman as Genre Remake

Webinar: Film Culture – the Legacy of the Pacific Film Archive and Non-Profit Exhibition

On December 2nd, Film Quarterly marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Pacific Film Archive (now officially known as BAMPFA) with a webinar discussion of the PFA’s invaluable role in cultivating film culture that expands upon the Special Focus in FQ’s Fall 2021 issue.  FQ Editor in chief B. Ruby Rich moderated a conversation with Kathy Geritz (BAMPFA), Josslyn Luckett (Film Quarterly), Cornelius Moore (California Newsreel), Rajendra Roy (MoMA), and David Schwartz (Netflix).

The Resilient Spring of Arab Cinema, Ten Years After: An Introduction

In late 2020, during the dark days of pandemic lockdown and a global universe plunged into a shared crisis devoid of unanimity, the subject of impending anniversaries arose. It was then, in a gesture of optimism for an unknown future, that the idea was hatched for an FQ dossier dedicated to the then-impending ten-year mark to commemorate the 2011 uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

The Wiles of Spring

The Arab Spring, the wave of popular insurgencies that spread in that region between 2010 and 2012, springs from a solid history of large-scale political mobilizations that coalesced outside (and sometimes against) the framework of such established and enshrined political organizations as political parties and unions.

Webinar: Reconsidering Binge-Watching in the Age of Covid-19

On November 3rd, Film Quarterly Editor-in-Chief B. Ruby Rich moderated a discussion of the changing conception of binge-watching during the Covid-19 pandemic with Neta Alexander (Colgate University), Tanya Horeck (Anglia Ruskin University), Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University), and Kartik Nair (Temple University), whose special focus on binge-watching appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Film Quarterly.