Let’s get this out of the way: I’ve never done something like this before.
Okay, yeah, I’ve written some posts for blogs here and there, but I’ve never actually started my own. So I’ll admit it. I’m a little daunted.
If I’m being honest, I’m even more daunted by the project itself than by the blog. Watching 200 films, each one from a different nation or subnational region’s film industry?? AND working on a completely unrelated dissertation??? I know what you’re thinking: This guy is absurd! And, between you and me, you’re right.
So why start such a big project, at a stage in my life when spare time is already something of a precious commodity? Well, one of my biggest regrets in life is that I haven’t traveled more. Of course, that can (and, hopefully, will) change in the future, but PhD candidates are not exactly made of money. Then one day, while watching a short Haitian film on YouTube, I had the idea to compile a list of films, one from each country’s film industry, and chronicle my thoughts and experiences as I go through each film. I think this will function as a pretty neat (and cheap) substitute for actual travel, at least for now.
Here’s how it’s going to work: a couple of times a week (give or take), I’ll randomly select one film from the list and watch it, ideally in one sitting, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends or family. Then, I’ll write up a post about the film, as well as my reactions to it, my thoughts about it, etc. As I watch more and more films, I’ll draw connections between them. Similarly, as I progress further and further into the project, I’ll discuss what it’s like to partake in this cinematic globetrotting adventure.
I hope you’ll join me! I’m sure many of you will have already seen at least one of the films on the list, wherever you may be from. Please add your own thoughts about the films! Maybe this blog will even inspire some of you to watch a few of these films?
I’m daunted, yes. But I’m excited.