A veritable flurry of public and virtual appearances for me over the next few days. On Friday and Saturday, I'll be moderating Q&A with Don Argott and Sheena Joyce, the director and producer of the Barnes Foundation documentary The Art of the Steal, after the 7:25 p.m. shows at the Ritz Five in Philadelphia. Play nice, and check your soapboxes at the door. My City Paper cover story provides some background on the making of the film.
On Monday, I'll be joining the Inquirer critic Carrie Rickey, Eyes on the Prize director Louis Massiah, the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival's Joe Kim and critic Gary Kramer for "Critical Mass: A Panel Discussion on Waltz With Bashir," part of the Philadelphia Free Library's "One Film, One Philadelphia" program. My Los Angeles Times story on the film is here, and my review is here.
For those not lucky enough to live in or near Philadelphia (seriously, you're missing out), I'll be joining a Murderer's Row of interweb film writers to liveblog the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night. Graciously hosted by Greencine, the awards-season pile-on will feature GC editor Craig Phillips, Benten Films' Aaron Hillis and Andrew Grant, IFC.com's Matt Singer, MSN/AMC fella James Rocchi and a host of folks whose acquaintance I have yet to make. I can safely say they'll join me in treating the Academy Awards with exactly the respect they deserve.