"Just as [Jonas] Mekas’s early Voice columns helped promote avant-garde accomplishment, Will DiGravio’s video-essay podcasts are bringing increased attention to many video-essayists and their work."
Curating, Podcasting, and Writing
June 2019 - Present - Host of The Video Essay Podcast, a show featuring conversations with leading practitioners of the form. The show has evolved to feature conversations about other forms of found footage filmmaking, remix, digital internet culture, documentary, and more. (48 Episodes)
I also write the popular monthly Substack newsletter Notes on Videographic Criticism.
My curatorial work includes Recycled Screenings (January 2023 - Present) and the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist (with Kevin B. Lee and Cydnii Wilde Harris). I also have an ongoing relationship with the Cary Comes Home Festival in Bristol, England, through which I have co-curated (with Charlotte Crofts), two programs of video essays on Cary Grant in 2020 and 2022. In 2022, I served on the screening committee of the True/False Film Festival.
My Video Works
My own video essays have screened at festivals (including the International Film Festival Rotterdam), conferences, and universities throughout the United States and Europe. My work has appeared in the Sight & Sound annual survey of the year's best video essays (2019- 2022). For a selection of my work, click here.
Speaking & Teaching
I lecture regularly about video essays, found footage, remix culture, and related topics at festivals, conferences, and universities throughout the United States and Europe. I also teach videographic criticism, including several one-day workshops at universities, and as an instructor at the Scholarship in Sound & Image Workshop at Middlebury College. In 2023, I joined the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an adjunct instructor, teaching the course, "Video Editing & Film Montage." For a complete list of these activities, click here.