Will DiGravio is a writer, 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 co-curated, with Kevin B. Lee and Cydnii Wilde Harris, the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist. The playlist has screened at film festivals and was named the best video essay project of 2020 by the editors of Sight & Sound. His current projects include "Rio Bravo Diary," a Twitter-based, videographic study in which he is watching Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo (1959) over the course of one year. He has also published a number of video essays, including "The Barber Approves," which was named one of the best video essays of 2019 in the annual Sight & Sound survey of the year's most notable work.
He is an associate editor for Screenworks, the peer-reviewed journal of film and media practice research. And since 2018, his film essays and reviews have appeared regularly at FilmSchoolRejects.com (aka One Perfect), 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.
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. He served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Middlebury Campus.