Wednesday Afternoon Film and Video Notes

I’m in the midst of some heavy-duty writing and grading this week, but I just wanted to mention some news about a couple of very cool indie films. First, I’ve learned that Tara Wray’s Manhattan, Kansas, a fascinating personal documentary (my review) about a daughter dealing with a mentally unstable mother, is now available on a limited-edition DVD, with each DVD packaged in a hand-made origami case. Manhattan, Kansas will also be making the rounds through the Southern Circuit film series from October 29-November 6. If you’re in or near one of the relevant cities, Tara’s film is well worth checking out.

I also want to congratulate Chris Hansen for winning the best feature award at the South Padre Island Film Fest for his mock doc, The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah (my review).

And finally, at some point, I want to return to Matt Clayfield’s discussion of videoblogging, in part because it’s related to some issues I’ll be addressing in paper for the Flow conference in a few weeks (thanks to David for the link).


  1. Chris Said,

    September 27, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

    Thanks, Chuck. I appreciate the congrats.

  2. Matthew Said,

    September 28, 2006 @ 4:17 am

    Glad my post was of some interest to you, Chuck.

  3. Chuck Said,

    September 28, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    Matthew, the point I wanted to address was your discussion of videoblogging and James Moran’s discussion of the “home mode,” and I think you’re right to call for some greater medium specificity, at least when it comes to what you and Adrian Miles call “mode of distribution and exhibition.” I do think that Moran’s concept of the home mode is illuminating for videoblogging–the whole LG15 phenomenon relies on our assumptions about home video–but what distinguishes videoblogging is the fact that it’s uploaded onto the web.

    I’ll add that I think seriality is crucial here as well–distribution of short videos over days or weeks–but I can’t recall if you mentioned that in your post. I’m still not quite caffienated enough, but I’ve recovered a bit from three or four very long days.

  4. Matthew Said,

    September 28, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    You might want to read this paper I wrote on the subject, Chuck, which attempted to situate personal videoblogging as a genre (not videoblogging as a form) within a history of the home mode.

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