Join us for a week of conversations, performances, and readings curated by the Rail’s section editors.
In this talk
This summer, we are celebrating the sections of the Brooklyn Rail with conversations, performances, and readings curated by our editors. This 2-week YouTube video series offers a view behind the scenes with the editors, artists, and writers that make the publication.
On Monday, July 26, Film editors Edward Charles Mendez and Laura Jane Valenza are joined by writers Harrison Blackman, Anthony Hawley, Daniel LoPilato, and Ella Turenne for a conversation on film criticism.
Check out the other events this week devoted to our sections Dance, Theater, Poetry, and Fiction. Register below to one, some, or all of these events to receive selected materials for each episode.
Writer, editor, and journalist Harrison Blackman is based in Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Princeton University and earned an MFA from the University of Nevada, Reno. A Fulbright Scholar, Harrison’s work has also been supported by grants from the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Truman Library Institute. His writing has appeared in such publications as The Oxford Climate Review, the Brooklyn Rail, CrimeReads, and The Santa Fe New Mexican; he also consults on film and TV projects.
Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist, poet, and writer. His solo exhibitions, films, and performances have been presented by the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series; Spazju Kreattiv in Valetta, Malta; Vox Populi in Philadelphia; and elsewhere. He is also the author of two full-length collections of poetry and several chapbooks from Counterpath Press and Ugly Duckling Presse and his poems have been published widely in The Paris Review, The New Republic, Denver Quarterly, and many more. Hawley writes regularly on art and film for the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Artforum online, and others. He currently teaches in the Hunter College MFA Studio Art program and at the BFA Visual Arts program at the School of Visual Arts.
Writer and educator Daniel LoPilato is from Atlanta, Georgia. His fiction and non-fiction can be found or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, the Indiana Review, American Short Fiction, the Southeast Review, the Tallahassee Democrat, and others.
Artist and entrepreneur Ella Turenne is a champion of freedom, justice, and expression. She is currently a doctoral student in Visual Studies at UC Irvine as well as Director of Training and Development for Inspire Justice. Ella has been acting since the age of 5 and since performed in an array of theatrical works including On Striver’s Row, Raft of the Medusa, and most recently Come Back to Me, featured in New York’s Fresh Fruit Play Festival. Her film woodshed was an official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Montréal International Haitian Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Short Film. In 2019, The Haitian Roundtable inducted her into the 1804 List Of Haitian-American Changemakers.
Writer Laura Valenza’s fiction has appeared in Lady/Liberty/Lit and Visual Verse. She majored in art history at New York University. She is editor of the film section for the Brooklyn Rail.
Summer Series: Film
A conversation with Harrison Blackman, Anthony Hawley, Daniel LoPilato, Ella Turenne, Edward Charles Mendez, and Laura Jane Valenza
1 p.m. ET /
10 a.m. PT
How to join
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🎧 We recommend viewing with headphones. It is easier to hear people and will be easier for you to ask a question, should you decide.
🗝 Accessibility: Closed-captioning in English will be available during the event. Our Q&A will be conducted using Zoom’s chat function, with the option to voice your question or have our staff read it.
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