Web-Slinging: Film Criticism Online

The Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto presents a panel discussion:


James McNally

Margaux Williamson

Adam Nayman

The difficulties faced by print media and the development of the Internet have had a profound effect on the way that we read film criticism -- as well as on those who write it. Join Cinema Studies instructor Jason Anderson (Critical Writing On Film INI384) for a panel discussion about the shifting roles of "professional" film critics and "amateur" bloggers at a time when many observers claim that film criticism is in crisis. He'll be joined by special guests Adam Nayman (Eye Weekly), Margaux Williamson (Movie is My Favourite Word) and James McNally (TO Screenshots).

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Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Media Commons, Main Theatre
3rd Floor Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Limited seating. RSVP at gradcinema.studies@utoronto.ca

(Cinema Studies students will be accommodated first)

James McNally has been writing online since the tail end of the last century. He began his personal blog Consolation Champs when the number of "weblogs" could be counted in the hundreds. A longtime film fan, he began writing about the films he was seeing at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. In 2007, he spun off all his film writing into a new blog, Toronto Screen Shots. Since that time, his blog has taken him to film festivals from Austin to Reykjavik, led to work as a film festival programming consultant and in film distribution.

Margaux Williamson
in a painter from Toronto. She has had solo exhibitions at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, at the Marvelli Gallery in New York and at Fette’s Gallery in Los Angeles. Her video project Teenager Hamlet was shown as a video installation for the Toronto International Film Festival. A movie version on DVD was released in Canada in the fall of 2010 and in the U.S. in 2011. Her work has been reviewed and featured by The National Post, Toronto’s Eye Weekly, The New York Times, The Artfag, Canadian Art Magazine, among others. In 2010 she created the blog Movie Is My Favourite Word where she started writing about movies. Shortly after, she joined forces with the Globe and Mail’s Carl Wilson and Eye Weekly’s Chris Randle to form a collective cultural review site called Back To The World.

Adam Nayman is a graduate of the M.A. program in Cinema Studies at Innis College. He is a film critic for Eye Weekly and Metro and a contributing editor for  Cinema Scope. He has written on film and popular culture for a number of magazines and websites, including The Walrus, Film Comment, Cineaste, Elle Canada, Reverse Shot, MUBI, The Museum of the Moving Image and Saturday Night. He is a member of the programming committee for the Toronto Jewish Film Society and lectures on film for TIFF's Reel Talk series.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please call 416-978-5809 by March 16, 2011


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