Episode 8. Chloé Galibert-Laîné

Chloé Galibert-Laîné, one of the leaders in the video essay genre of “desktop documentary” comes on the show to discuss her film, “Watching The Pain of Others.” Chloé and Will also discuss Ross Sutherland’s 2015 film, Stand By for Tape Back-Up.

Learn more about Chloé via her website.

Preview to Episode 8 – #DoYourHomework

Our next guest will be Johannes Binotto, a lecturer in film theory and film history at the Lucerne School of Design + Art and a post-doctoral researcher in the English Department of the University of Zurich. We will discuss two video essays by Johannes:

Will and Johannes will also discuss Hartmut Bitomsky’s 1991 film, Das Kino und der Wind und die Photographie (The Cinema and the Wind and Photography).

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Episode 7. Jennifer Proctor

Jen Proctor is a video essayist, filmmaker, media artist, and professor at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. On this week’s show we discuss the difference between those terms, what a video essay is, and a whole lot more. Jen and Will discuss her found footage film, Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix, and Martin Arnold’s 1988 found footage film, Pièce Touchée.

Learn more about Jen and her work via her website.

Other pieces by Jen discussed on the show:

More via [in]Transition.

Open access link to Jen’s article, “Teaching avant-garde practice as videographic research,” published Autumn 2019 issue of Screen.

Mash-up by Jen’s student Zahra Cawley mentioned in the piece and on the podcast.

Preview to Episode 8 – #DoYourHomework

Our next guest will be Chloé Galibert-Laîné. Chloé is a filmmaker and academic, who has made video essays for Fandor and is a leader in the video essay genre of desktop documentary. Learn more about Chloé via her website.

We will discuss Chloé’s desktop documentary, “Watching the Pain of Others,” which was also published this year in [in]Transition.

Chloé will also talk about the film Stand By for Tape Back-Up by Ross Sutherland. Is it a video essay? Tune in to find out!

Episode 6. Adrian Martin

We are back! Host Will DiGravio sits down with Adrian Martin, who discusses his video essays made in collaboration with Cristina Álvarez López. The two discuss their essay, “Only Free Gestures,” and Rafael Guilhem’s “Traspasos.”

Update: Check out this blog post Cristina wrote about our conversation! The post is full of links to their work, and includes some thoughts from Cristina on why she decided to have Adrian speak on behalf of their team.

Preview to Episode 7 – #DoYourHomework

Our next guest will be Jennifer Proctor. Jen is a filmmaker, media artist, and associate professor at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Learn more about Jen via her website. The episode will be released on Thursday, Oct. 31.

We will discuss her piece, “Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix.”

In her description of the essay, Jen writes:

“In films, as in life, the bathtub is often considered a private space for women – a place not only to groom, but to relax, to think, to grieve, to be alone, to find sanctuary. For Hollywood, though, it’s also a place of naked vulnerability, where women narratively placed in harm’s way have no escape. Using appropriated movies, this experimental found footage work deconstructs the representations of women in this domestic space as historically framed in popular film.”

Password: bathtub

Jen will also discuss Martin Arnold’s “Pièce Touchée” (1989).

For extra credit, you can also read Jennifer’s article, “Teaching avant-garde practice as videographic research,” which was published in the most recent issue of Screen.

More About Adrian and Cristina

Adrian’s Collection of Film Writings: Film Critic: Adrian Martin

Cristina’s Blog: Laugh Motel

Cristina’s Collected Writings, Including Video Essays Made In Collaboration with Adrian: Click here

“Repition & Variation” at Birkbeck”

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an event previously plugged on the podcast, “Repetition & Variation: Video Essays as Comparative Film and Television Studies Methodologies,” hosted at Birkbeck Cinema by Catherine Grant (our guest on Episode 2!) in London on October 12, 2019.“ I live-tweeted the event here.

The day featured a fantastic selection of videographic work, including essays by Patrick Keating, Chiara Grizzaffi, Kathleen Loock, and Grant. Not all of the video essays are currently available online, but I have listed those that are below!

Episode 5. Jacob Swinney

Jacob Swinney comes on the show to discuss his work at Fandor, his popular Twitter account First & Final Frames, how he built a large following on Vimeo, and what it’s like to have Paul Schrader share your work. He and host Will DiGravio also discuss Jake’s essay “First and Final Frames,” and the video essay “The Art of Overanalyzing Movies” by Now You See It.

Preview to Episode 6 – #DoYourHomework

Our next guest will be Adrian Martin, who will represent both himself and Cristina Álvarez López, his partner in his videographic work. We will discuss their essay, “Only Free Gestures,” which is number 26 in their The Thinking Machine series.

Adrian and Will will also discuss “Traspasos,” an essay by Rafael Guilhem.


Check out the latest issues of [in]Transition here.

Learn more about “Repetition and Variation: Video Essays as Comparative Film and Television Studies Methodologies” and RSVP here.

Ariel Avissar from Tel Aviv University and Evelyn Kreutzer of Northwestern University have started a project called, “Once Upon a Screen.” The project centers on the creation of video essays dealing with film scenes that traumatized us as children. Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López have also made a pieces. Anyone interested in creating an essay can email Ariel at arielavissar24@gmail.com.

Watch them all below:

Episode 4. Grace Lee (What’s So Great About That?)

This week’s guest is Grace Lee, who operates the popular video essay channel, What’s So Great About That? on YouTube. Grace and host Will DiGravio talk about how Grace’s fine art background influences her video essays, what it is like having one’s video essay go viral, how to please the YouTube algorithm, and discuss her essay, “Feathered Foes: Birds in Horror.” They also discuss the desktop documentary “Reading//Binging//Benning” by Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee.

Preview to Episode 5 – #DoYourHomework

Our next guest will be Jacob T. Swinney, who previously worked at Fandor and operates the popular Twitter account, First & Final Frames. We will dive deep into his video essay of the same name, “First and Final Frames.”

News from Today’s Show!!

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 Learn more about Repetition and Variation: Video Essays as Comparative Film and Television Studies Methodologies HERE 

 And find your #extra credit HERE!!

Episode 3. Philip Brubaker

Will DiGravio sits down with Philip Brubaker, formerly one of the principal video essayists at Fandor. Philip is also an experimental filmmaker with a background in documentary filmmaking and an alumnus of Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. His video essays have screened at numerous film festivals and his work has appeared regularly in Sight and Sound’s annual list of the best video essays. Learn more about him here.

In the show, the two talk about Philip’s introduction to video essays, the rise and fall of Fandor, why Philip does not consider himself a critic, and his latest work, Abandoned Movie, an essay film. The also discuss Victoria Oliver Farner’s video essay, “Peripheral Attention.” 

For an in-depth guide to the show featuring links to all video essays discussed, click here.

Preview to Episode 4 – #DoYourHomework

Our next guest will be Grace Lee! You may know Grace from her popular YouTube Channel, What’s So Great About That? Grace and I will discuss her video essay, “Feathered Foes: Birds in Horror.” 

Some of my favorite video essays by Grace

Episode 2. Catherine Grant

In the first true episode of The Video Essay Podcast, host Will DiGravio welcomes Catherine Grant. Katie is professor of Digital Media & Screen Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, the founder of the popular blog Film Studies for FreeAudiovisualcy on Vimeo, the journal [in]Transition (which she also co-edits), and one of the most prolificvideo essay makers today.

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In the show, Katie and Will talk about how Katie first became introduced to video essays, her style preferences when it comes to making video essays, and her latest video essay, “The Haunting of The Headless Woman.” They also discuss a video essay by Cydnii Harris, “Cotton – The Fabric of Genocide.”

For an in-depth guide to the show, featuring links to all video essays, books and articles discussed on Episode 2, click here.

Preview to Episode 3 – #DoYourHomework 

Our next episode will be released on Thursday, August 15th. The guest will be Philip Brubaker, who is one of the best known video essayists working today. He worked for several years at Fandor (RIP), and has made countless video essays about a range of subjects. He is also an experimental and documentary filmmaker. You can learn more about Philip via his website, and by following him on Twitter. In their conversation, Will and Philip will talk about how Philip began making video essays, the rise and fall of Fandor, and why he does not consider himself a critic.

And now, your homework for next week:

First, we ask that you watch Abandoned Movie.

And then Abandoned, the documentary.

If you’d like more information on the homework, listen to Episode 2!!

The video essay that Philip has selected to discuss is “Peripheral Attention” by Victoria Oliver Farner. More information can be found here.