The Art(s) of Slow Cinema was born in autumn 2012. I had discovered slow, contemplative films three years earlier and had embarked on a PhD project that aimed at looking at this specific form of film. Since then, The Art(s) of Slow Cinema has gone a long way.
In the last 6 years, I have published 301 blog posts, including around 170 film reviews and almost 30 book and article reviews. My aim has always been to make Slow Cinema accessible. I rejected the appropriation of the subject by academia, whose goal it was to explain the films. This wasn't my interest at all. What mattered, and what still matters to me, is the nature, the essence of contemplative films. How the films feel, how they affect me, how they challenge our perception of film, but also our routine look at how we live, how we look at things, and how we listen to people.
My work on The Art(s) of Slow Cinema has given me a chance to meet a number of wonderful directors and artists, whose works I now distribute via my video-on-demand platform tao films, a service dedicated exclusively to slow films. tao films is the result of five years of work on The Art(s) of Slow Cinema, which gives me a chance to bing filmmakers and viewers together. Slow Cinema is not a boring, dismissed form of cinema. In the last six years, I have come to learn that it's everything but. An ever-increasing number of readers on my blog, with monthly visitors of up to 8,500, shows that there is an interest worldwide in this genre.
This year also sees the first paper version of The Art(s) of Slow Cinema, which gives artists, filmmakers and cinephiles alike the chance to express themselves in various ways on a film or aspect of Slow Cinema of their choice. Work on the print version has come to an end, and I cannot wait to ship the very first issue of the magazine.
For 2019, a The Art(s) of Slow Cinema podcast is planned and will add yet another layer to my work in the area.
Sadly, all of this work takes time and energy. If I had the opportunity, I would love to create more content, and on a more regular basis as well. But the biggest issue is unfortunately the financial side, as I have to focus on projects with which I earn money first before I can dedicate myself to a blog post or something else related to the blog. This often sucks energy out of me, which I would prefer investing in quality content for The Art(s) of Slow Cinema.
It is for this reason that I'm turning to Steady and invite you to become a member of The Art(s) of Slow Cinema. Memberships help me to continue generating quality content and to branch out further, allowing the project to grow steadily. Your support helps me to focus on quality work for The Art(s) of Slow Cinema blog, for The Art(s) of Slow Cinema magazine, for the new and upcoming podcast, and for tao films, the VoD platform for slow films. All of those projects demand energy and time, time which I often have to put elsewhere due to financial constraints. You can help to change this and allow me to dedicate myself fully to The Art(s) of Slow Cinema.