Will DiGravio is a writer, scholar, sometimes journalist, video essayist, and podcaster.
His current work is centered on the history and theory of videographic film and media criticism, or "video essays." He hosts The Video Essay Podcast, which features in-depth interviews with leading practitioners of the form. The podcast was named the best new Film & Moving Image Studies Podcast of 2019 by Film Studies for Free (edited by Catherine Grant). He also writes a weekly newsletter, 'Notes on Videographic Criticism.'
In 2020, he is co-curating the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist with Kevin B. Lee and Cydnii Wilde Harris. He has also produced a number of video essays, including "The Barber Approves," which was named one of the best video essays of 2019 in the Sight & Sound poll. He is currently an assistant editor for Screenworks, the peer-reviewed journal of film and media practice research.
Since 2018, his film essays and reviews have appeared regularly at One Perfect Shot (aka Film School Rejects), where he worked as an editorial intern and has remained a contributor.
In 2020, he earned an M.Phil. (awarded with distinction) in the Centre for Film & Screen at the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Keasbey Scholar. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2019 with a major in Film & Media Culture and minors in Political Science and English. He was a researcher with the Media Portrayal of Minorities Project, through which he published quantitative analyses on the U.S. print media's coverage of Saudi Arabia, the #MeToo movement, and researched the international print media's portrayal of Islam.
While a student at Middlebury, he worked as a journalist throughout the state of Vermont, including at the Burlington Free Press (USA Today Network) and the Addison County Independent. His reporting was republished in USA Today and the Associated Press, and he freelanced in Vermont for the Washington Post. He served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Middlebury Campus.