Episode 9: Johannes Binotto (December 23, 2019)
Scholar Johannes Binotto joins the show to discuss his video essays on John Ford’s Stagecoach and François Truffaut. He and Will also discuss Hartmut Bitomsky’s 1991 essay film, Das Kino und der Wind und die Photographie (The Cinema and the Wind and Photography).
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.
Episode 7: Jennifer Proctor (October 31, 2019)
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.
Episode 6: Adrian Martin (October 13, 2019)
Will DiGravio sits down with Adrian Martin, who discusses his video essays made in collaboration with Cristina Álvarez López, what it is like to be both a prolific writer and videographic film critic, and the way Robert Mitchum walks . The two discuss Adrian and Cristina’s essay, “Only Free Gestures,” and Rafael Guilhem’s “Traspasos.”
Episode 5: Jacob Swinney (September 29, 2019)
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.
Episode 4: Grace Lee (What’s So Great About That?) (September 5, 2019)
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.
Episode 3: Philip Brubaker (August 23, 2019)
Will DiGravio sits down with Philip Brubaker, formerly one of the principal video essayists at FandorThe 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. They also discuss Vicotira Oliver Farner’s video essay, “Peripheral Attention.”
Episode 2: Catherine Grant (August 1, 2019)
In the first true episode of the show, Will sits down with Catherine Grant, one of the leading video essay makers working today. In the episode, the two talk about Katie’s first introduction to the form, her philosophy when it comes to making video essays, and her latest video essay, “The Haunting of The Headless Woman.” They also discuss “Cotton – The Fabric of Genocide,” an essay by Cydnii Harris.
Episode 1: Pilot (July 28, 2019)
In the pilot for “The Video Essay Podcast,” host Will DiGravio discusses the show’s origins, his background, the format of the podcast, and previews the next episode, which will feature an interview with Catherine Grant.