The Journeys of Cary Grant: An Audiovisual Celebration
Friday 21 November, 10.30pm GMT
The Journeys of Cary Grant: An Audiovisual Celebration – Full Screening and Q&A. Hosted by the Cary Comes Home Festival, in partnership with the Video Essay Podcast. Part of the Cary Comes Home Festival 2020, see the full programme here.
Join festival director Charlotte Crofts and director of the Video Essay Podcast Will DiGravio in conversation with an international panel of video essay filmmakers, Ian Magor, Kendahl Cruver, Ian Garwood, Philip Brubaker, Cormac Donnelly, Roberto Carlos Ortiz, Anna Marin to discuss Cary Grant as the object of videographic film criticism.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cary Grant emigrating to America and international stardom, we invited video essays exploring journeys of many types.
We’re still accepting submissions
2020 year marked the centenary of Archie Leach’s first transatlantic voyage, the beginning of his incredible journey to becoming Cary Grant. Born in Bristol, UK in 1904 as Archibald Leach, Archie ran away from school with a troupe of acrobats and later sailed to America on the RMS Olympic on 21 July 1920 on, arriving in New York on 28 July. Archie lived in New York for over 10 years developing his craft, first in vaudeville, then on the Broadway stage, before setting off in a yellow open-top Packard in November 1931 for Hollywood, where he changed his name and the rest is history. Journeys also feature in many of his films, from the 2000-mile chase in North by Northwest to the cruise ship romance in An Affair to Remember.
We are interested in exploring the idea of the journey, not only in terms of geography, place, space and physical travels (both real life and on film), but also in terms of psychological journeys: voyages of identity, self-discovery and self-invention. We are open to all kinds of journeys, including fan journeys, star pilgrimage, set-jetting, movie location tours and rephotography and all forms of audio-visual criticism, including video essays, fanvids, and any kind of video that reappropriates footage of Cary Grant.
Videos of any length will be accepted but the ideal length will be between 5-6 minutes. Submitted work will be featured on the Cary Comes Home website.
Please add “For Study Purposes Only” at the end of the video, include a list of the sources of clips used, any references cited and ideally, if you want to use a backing track, please only use copyright-free music for that purpose. If you use copyrighted music, we may not be able to feature your work at the festival.
If you are new to making video essays you might want to check out the series of videographic exercises listeners were assigned as “homework” on The Video Essay Podcast, here.
The deadline has passed, but we’re still accepting submissions if you want to be featured on our Vimeo Showcase.
Cary Comes Home is a biennial festival which aims to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, develop new audiences for his work and recreate the golden age of cinema-going, directed by Dr Charlotte Crofts (Associate Professor of Filmmaking, UWE Bristol). The next weekend festival will take place 18-20 November 2022 – so save the date! Learn more at www.carycomeshome.co.uk
The Video Essay Podcast, hosted by Will DiGravio, features interviews with critics, scholars, filmmakers, and other leading creators of videographic criticism. The show is accompanied by a weekly newsletter, ‘Notes on Videographic Criticism,’ which features original essays, interviews, and links to events and news related to the form. Learn more at www.thevideoessay.com.
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We rely on ticket sales as our main source of income, but Covid-19 has made this impossible this year, creating a huge shortfall in our finances. We’re a biennial festival so we’re hoping by 2022 we’ll be able to return to live events, but in the meantime we’re determined to celebrate Cary Grant as best we can virtually. If you’ve enjoyed watching this event, please consider donating.
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