Long Live The Village Voice Film Section
Location: Redstone Theater
A panel discussion with Michael Atkinson, Bilge Ebiri, David Edelstein, J. Hoberman, Jonas Mekas, Nick Pinkerton, Amy Taubin, and Stephanie Zacharek
Ever since Jonas Mekas launched his “Movie Journal” column for The Village Voice in 1958, the New York weekly has played a vital role in American film culture. It chronicled the New American Cinema of the 1960s, and took a wide, informed view of global cinema of all types, from the mainstream to the avant-garde. And it became a regular forum for informed, insightful film criticism, with such influential critics as Andrew Sarris and J. Hoberman among its many notable writers. The Village Voice was an essential weekly guide to the New York film scene, but its impact was felt around the world. Its sudden demise this August was a shocking and disheartening blow to film lovers everywhere. The history of the Voice film section, and its enduring legacy, will be discussed by an all-star panel featuring some of the finest critics to grace its pages. More guests to be announced.