Here you will find postings of recent public readings, reviews of theatrical performances that I've written for Burlington Vermont's Flynn Theater blog, along with other articles as they appear in various publications throughout the year. Occasionally I'll toss in a link to something of interest to writers, artists, and filmmakers that was not written by me.
Thanks to my editor Tom White at Documentary Magazine, for featuring my review of the Criterion Collections magnificent new release in this months online issue.
Slip-sliding Away, my essay about my mother's decline and death was featured in both the print and online edition of The Woven Tales Press.
Recently published on the Flynn Theater Blog:
I rarely hear from readers, or the subjects of my articles, reviews etc., unless someone takes umbrage with something that I've written about that involves them. But when praise comes unexpectedly it is an ego boost that makes it all worthwhile. This recent email made my day.
Scott and I just received a copy of your review of THE FLAHERTY: DECADES IN THE CAUSE OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA published in DOCUMENTARY.
We are so taken by the depth of your thinking, your careful close reading of the historical arguments, your appreciation for the discussions selected, and the nuance you bring to interpreting our book.
We wanted to thank you for taking time to read our book, and also, taking the time to write such an elegant review.
We sent it to Indiana University Press marketing, and they informed us they will be pulling a quote from your review for the website for the book!
Thank you again, and we hope to meet up soon.
Patty (and Scott too!)
Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ph.D.
Professor of Screen Studies
Roy H. Park School of Communication
Codirector, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Had a blast at the very hip for Vermont Light Club Lamp Shop Open Mic event on Thursday November 16th. I read my essay Ode to Eve Ensler and listened to my fellow BWW writers entertain us with poems, stories, and songs.
My essay, Slip-sliding Away is spotlighted this month.
So pleased to have Slip-sliding Away, my essay about my mother, included in the latest edition of the art and literary journal, Woven Tales Press.
Agne's Varda's newest film Faces and Places was a sold-out hit at last Friday night's opening film of the Vermont International Film Festival. It was filmed in her native France. Few people know she also made a series of films in California, which I reviewed for Documentary Magazine and are available on DVD as a boxed set from Criterion.
Romania is not on the tip of everyone's tongue these days, but I spent a wonderful week there back in 2014 as an invited guest serving on the jury at the ASTRA Film Festival in Sibiu. It is a beautiful place and Sibiu is steeped in history, the gateway to Transylvania.
While there, the local TV station filmed an interview where I got to spout off about the fest, the revelations serving on the jury, and my work in film. I recently found the interview on YOUTUBE: