Offscreen Notes

  • Nicolas Roeg dead at 90.

    November 25th, 2018

    One of the most important and inventive directors (and cinematographers) of his generation, Nicolas Roeg, has died at age 90.

  • Book Launch of Crosscurrents: How film policy developed in Quebec 1960–1983

    November 20th, 2018

    New book by Constance Dilley, Ph.D.

    Reception: 5:00–6:30 p.m. in conjunction with Éléphant at the Cinémathèque québécoise, 335 Boul. de Maisonneuve E., Montréal, Québec


    Jason Luckerhoff (professor, UQTR)
    Claude Martin (honorary professor, U de M and associate professor, UQTR)
    Constance Dilley, author (a.k.a. Connie Tadros)


    November 17th, 2018


    Conference at NYU Steinhardt: Friday May 31st – Sunday June 2nd

    The annual conference Music and the Moving Image encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations. We encourage submissions from multidisciplinary teams that have been pooling their knowledge to solve problems or come up with a new perspective regarding music and moving images. The Keynote Speaker is TBA.

    Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words) should be submitted by no later than December 15, 2018.

    The program committee includes Frank Lehman of Tufts (author of Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema, Oxford Univ. Press), Jessica Getman of University of Michigan (“A Series on the Edge: Social Tension in Star Trek’s Title Cue.” Society for American Music 9:3. Cambridge University Press), Joakim Tillman of Stockholm University (co-editor of Contemporary Film Music: Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composition, Palgrave Macmillan), and co-editors of Music and the Moving Image, Gillian B. Anderson (Rosita at the Venice Film Festival, Composing for the Cinema, Music for Silent Film 1892-1929: A Guide); and Assoc. Professor, Director & Chair, Ron Sadoff (The Moon and the Son / Co-editor of Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound). This year’s conference will run for three days, from Friday May 31st – Sunday, June 2nd, with sessions until Sunday evening. The conference will run prior to the NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (June 3rd – June 14th, 2019).

  • Muestra de cine de Lanzarote (Canary Islands)

    November 17th, 2018

    About Muestra de cine de Lanzarote
    Muestra de cine de Lanzarote is an independent film festival, organized by Asociación de Cine Tenique. It’s a small scale but rigorously curated annual film festival that taking place on the unique volcanic Canary island of Lanzarote. Under its new artistic director (since 2018), art historian Javier Fuentes Feo, the festival aims to increase the visibility of a type of cinema that expands and develops our way of looking at the world in which we live, and encourages us to fine-tune our sensibility.

  • Burt Reynolds (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018)

    September 8th, 2018

    The unassuming star who was never afraid to deflate his own ego, Burt Reynolds, died of a cardiac arrest at age 82 on September 6, 2018. Reynolds was cut in the rugged handsome mold, the ‘Marlboro’ man, and although he was born in Michigan, developed his most iconic roles (Sam Whiskey, White Lightning, Gator, Smokey and the Bandit) as a ‘good old boy’ from the South. Reynolds was at heart a character actor who could play ladies men but also tough urban types (Fuzz, Shamus) and excelled when asked on the odd occasions to stretch his dramatic acting ability (Deliverance, The Longest Yard). Reynolds was much closer to the iconic Hollywood stars of the 1940s, 1950s (Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn) than the actors who followed him. A unique persona, the likes of which we will probably never see again.

  • Stanley Cavell: 1926-2018, R.I.P.

    June 22nd, 2018

    The American philosopher Stanley Cavell, born on September 1, 1926 in Atlanta, Georgia, died at age 91 on June 19, 2018. Cavell was best known as a philosopher who helped “humanize” the field of philosophy, bringing a sense of the world as experienced rather than philosophy as a “discipline” by expressing ideas through ordinary language. Cavell also chose to write on “ordinary” films (i.e. popular rather than arthouse) such as screwball comedy (Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage) and melodrama (Contesting Tears: The Melodrama of the Unknown Woman). Perhaps his most well known film book, his first, _The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film), reads as his attempt to bring Andre Bazin’s empathetic and generous ontology of film into a more direct philosophical worldview. Cavell was a big influence on a generation of film thinkers, many trained in philosophy rather than film, who offered a different approach to film than the political, cultural, social and ideological theories that dominated the halls of academia from the 1970s on. Film philosophers and writers like Ian Jarvie, Victor F. Perkins, Nöel Carroll, Gregory Currie, Berys Gaut, George Wilson, David Bordwell, Gilles Deleuze, Cynthia Freeland, Murray Smith, Ian Tan, and Daniel Frampton. His influence will, I think, be lasting. I know that whenever someone —and it can be a student as much as a seasoned writer— says that a film is great because it “made them feel like they were right there with the character” I cringe, and then take out my trusty Cavell quote as my rebuke to such easy platitudes: “The camera is outside its subject as I am outside my language” (The World Viewed, 2nd ed., 127). Thanks Stanley.

  • Margot Kidder (1948-May 13, 2018)

    May 14th, 2018

    Sad news for Canadians and film buffs, to learn of the passing of Margot Kidder at age 69. Born in Yellowknife, Kidder is best known for her role as Lois Lane opposite Chris Reeves’ Superman, but horror fans will remember her for her salty mouthed character in Black Christmas, her outstanding dual role in Sisters and the Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror.

  • Marie Menken

    April 6th, 2018

    Rachel Churner on the art of Barbara Hammer:

  • Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors of Vision

    April 6th, 2018

    Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors of Vision is back in print after 40 years, thanks to Anthology Film Archives & Light Industry, 2017.

  • Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies at age 48

    February 10th, 2018

    Hailing from the land of Sigur Rós, Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson died on Feb 9, 2018 at the young age of 48. Jóhannsson a guitarist, pianist and all-round musician composed some achingly beautiful music that defied easy categorization, slipping between classical, ambient, minimalism, and electronica. Lately Jóhannsson cemented a fruitful relationship composing for Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, scoring his films Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival (and teasingly, an abandoned score for Blade Runner 2049). He also worked with found footage filmmaker Bill Morrison (Miners’ Hymns, 2011). What a sad loss for the world of music and film.

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