GWW is delighted to announce the publication of New Silent Cinema, a collection co-edited by two of its members: Paul Flaig and Katherine Groo. The book features essays by a group of outstanding screen scholars–including Constance Balides, James Leo Cahill, Brianne Cohen, Jonah Corne, Brian Jacobson, Rob King, Jennifer Peterson, Brian Price, Catherine Russell, Yiman Wang, and Joshua Yumibe–as well as interviews with Paolo Cherchi Usai, Rick Altman, and Guy Maddin. The editors are especially grateful to Guy Maddin, who not only allowed them to publish several beautiful images from his ongoing Séances project, but also gave generous permission to use an image from his most recent film, The Forbidden Room (2015), for the cover.
New Silent Cinema explores the recent wave of interest in silent cinema as it stretches across popular and avant-garde film, contemporary art, literature, and new media. The introduction is available to peruse here. Paul and Katherine will soon post a conversation about the development of the project, the many examples of “New Silent Cinema” that did not make it into the collection, and the diverse directions that contributors took in examining this contemporary phenomenon. They are very grateful to everyone who supported the project–and look forward to hearing from readers!
[Above: still from Séances (Guy Maddin, 2015)]