In this episode, we sit down with Katie Walsh, film critic at the LA Times (among others!). We talk about reviewing seven movies a week, whether Rotten Tomatoes has ruined film, and the astonishing revelation that there are Twitter nerds going to bat for Justice League.
This week we have an excellent conversation with documentary filmmaker Mary Robertson. Robertson worked on the Showtime series The Circus as well as the feature documentary Trumped. All of that is very grim, but she also delves into more uplifting fare in her most recent series She’s the Ticket, which follows women running for election in response to the 2016 race. She’s the Ticket is available online.
Scott Higgins talks with Robertson about her past and current projects, making political documentaries, and Trump rally footwear. DON’T MISS IT!
This week, Scott Higgins sits down with Ben Sax, a Philosophy and Film major from the class of 2003. Ben Sax recently patented his invention Perceptoscope, an augmented reality device built to resemble an old coin-operated binocular.
Perceptoscope photo courtesy of Ben Sax’s website
Ben Sax envisions Perceptoscope as a way to connect us to the past of the device’s setting. Look through Perceptoscope at Gettysburg, for instance, and you can see a stereoscopic recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg. Sax envisions it as a device for connecting us less to events and more to physical space, however.
“What I’m interested in is the history of the built environment, and how cities come to be, and the things we lose in that process,” he tells Professor Higgins. Sax speaks about the development process of these sorts of projects, as well as how we can use augmented reality to tell stories. The convergence of old and new technology, as well as the narrative experimentation, fit Perceptoscope snugly within the pantheon of CFILM projects. And Scott Higgins calls it “steampunk!” As if you could want anything more!
You can learn more about Perceptoscope at http://perceptoscope.com/.
It’s back! Like The Incredibles, Breakin’, Avatar someday, but notably not Casablanca, the CFILM podcast returns for part 2. In this episode, Jeanine Basinger and Scott Higgins discuss the beloved film with special guest Noah Isenberg. He’s the author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Film, available now. Casablanca celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
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With the launch of the CFILM blog comes the launch of the CFILM podcast! With no less than three alumni here to discuss life after Wesleyan! In this episode Allis Cronan (’17) and Kiley Rossetter (’17) interview director, screenwriter, producer, show-runner, and AFI professor Ed Decter (’79).
They also discuss the Wesleyan at AFI pilot program, happening this summer. The workshop, made possible by Professor Jeanine Basinger’s decade’s long relationship with the AFI, is open to CFILM graduates of 2017 and 2018. If you are interested in learning more, contact Scott Higgins, Director of C-Film: email@example.com