Episode 2: Catherine Grant

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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.

Episode 1: Pilot

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Welcome to the first episode of The Video Essay Podcast! In the pilot, host Will DiGravio (me) introduces the podcast, myself, and the show’s first guest: Catherine Grant. Katie will be interviewed in the first true episode, which will be released on Thursday, August 1. To learn more about this podcast and me, please visit the tabs above.

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An integral part of the podcast is homework that will be assigned to you, the listener, before each new episode. During the show, the guest and I will have an in depth conversation about two video essays. The first video essay will be one made by the interviewee, the other will be one selected by the interviewee, but created by someone else. In order to get the most out of our conversation, it is essential that you watch them beforehand! Thus, you are strongly encouraged to visit this website before each show to watch the essays we will talk about, and after each show to find a) any other video essays that we talked about during the course of our conversation and b) view the videos for next week’s show. Here is the homework for Episode 2:

The Haunting of The Headless Woman by Catherine Grant