Sunday, January 27, 2013

Episode #12 - Kevin B. Lee (Slacker)

"For me, it's been parachuting into a film, looking at everything that's been said about it, and trying to synthesize understanding of it from that...But I really want to establish a personal voice and a personal stake in the films that I'm talking about."

When Peter sat down to do a video essay on his own a few years back, he primarly studied and examined the work of Kevin B. Lee. Luckily, Peter has gotten to know Kevin, and was thankful to sit him down for a podcast while in Chicago last month. Kevin explains his long winded path into filmmaking and finally film criticism. The two discuss the art and process of making video essays, the importance and frustrations with film canons, and his work in highlighting the work of independent Chinese filmmakers. Finally, they open up a can of worms with Richard Linklater's Slacker, a film Kevin describes as similar to today's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

0:00-1:20 Opening
1:20-4:22 Establishing Shots - Side Effects
5:20-1:14:10 Deep Focus - Kevin B. Lee
1:15:33-1:45:12 Double Exposure - Slacker (Richard Linklater)
1:45:13-1:48:57 Trivia Round, Close, and Outtake
Read and watch Kevin B. Lee's work on Press Play, Fandor, Shooting Down Pictures, Sight & Sound, and Moving Image Source.
Follow Kevin on Twitter.
Highlighted Articles by Kevin B. Lee
-Banana (and other short films)
-La Haine
-The Spielberg Face
-Paul Thomas Anderson's Tracking Shots
-Hijacking Michael Haneke
-The Faces of Nuri Bilge Ceylan
-Tracking Shots in Bela Tarr and Miklos Janco
-Video Essays on critic choices for the Sight & Sound Poll
-A before roundtable and after roundtable on the poll
-Kevin's List and Video Essay
-Richard Linklater's Slacker

Other Notes and Links from the Conversation
-I'll have a long piece on Side Effects in February
-Roger Ebert on The Third Man
-They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
-Matt Patches on The Spielberg Face
-Harun Farocki
-Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion
-Jonathan Rosenbaum's Alternative AFI 100
-Oxhide and Oxhide II
-Chantal Akerman's A Whole Night

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