Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist (June - September 2020)
After the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, Kevin B. Lee, Cydnii Wilde Harris, and Will DiGravio began curating the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist, a collection of more than 100 audiovisual works that reappropriate existing media to critically examine race, systemic racism, police brutality, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and other pertinent topics. Selections from the playlist have screened at festivals and academic conferences. The playlist and links to the festival events can be accessed here. The playlist was named the best video essay project of 2020 by the editors of Sight & Sound.
The Journeys of Cary Grant: An Audiovisual Celebration (July - November 2020)
"The Journeys of Cary Grant: An Audiovisual Celebration" was a partnership between the Cary Comes Home Festival and The Video Essay Podcast. On November 20, 2020, seven essayists joined Festival Director Charlotte Crofts and Will DiGravio, host of The Video Essay Podcast, for a live conversation as part of the Cary Comes Home Festival.
Included in the video above is the complete Q&A and all of the videos we had received before November 20, including an additional video by Francesca Sanna. You can also watch the submissions via our showcase.
Sight & Sound Best Video Essays of 2019
Since 2017, Sight & Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute, has published a poll of the year's best video essays. I was asked to co-edit the 2019 list with Grace Lee and Ariel Avissar. The article features an introductory essay and contributions from 39 leading practitioners of the form. Read the article here. Past polls: 2017 ; 2018. The three of us discussed curating the 2019 poll on the video essay podcast: