Ep 634: The Press Gang with Godfrey Cheshire, Matt Zoller Seitz & Armond White

Sep 11, 2020

[5 mins. 45 secs.] A dialogue about cinema’s legacy and its best directors from three of the best long-form film critics out there: Armond White, Godfrey Cheshire & Matt Zoller Seitz (the latter two returning to the podcast) are the guests. Seven Stories Press has released a compilation of criticism from their years at the iconic alternative newsweekly called "The Press Gang: Writings on Cinema from New York Press, 1991-2011". Purchase the book here: https://amzn.to/2FeJUkW

Godfrey Cheshire is a not infrequent guest on this podcast. A North Carolina native, I first met Godfrey back in 2012 when after seeing the documentary feature he directed, "Moving Midway", I asked him to screen it with me for my film series in Brooklyn. Godfrey wrote for the New York Press from 1991-2000 but has contributed film criticism and editorial to the New York Times, The Village Voice, Interview, Film Comment and others. He was also a founder of the Rakeigh-based Spectator Magazine. He is currently a major contributor to RogerEbtert.com and lives in NYC.

Detroit-native Armond White’s passion for writing journalism began in highschool. He holds an MFA in film from Columbia (did you stay in NYC since then?); he is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online and has authored 4 books. He was working as the arts editor at the City Sun when in 1997 Godfrey recommended him to the New York press for film critic position where he remained and built a reputation as a leading film critic until the newsweekly shuttered in 2011; he then moved on to become the editor of City Arts Magazine. White is currently a popular culture contributor to both the National Review and Out.

Matt Zoller Seitz makes his second appearance on the podcast He is currently a TV critic for New York Magazine & Vulture as well as editor at large at RogerEbert.com. A Dallas native, Seitz somehow also manages to publish on a regular basis including most notably books on Wes Anderson and Oliver Stone. In 2005, Seitz directed the film HOME. His tenure at the New York Press was from 1995-2006.

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