My return to the Village Voice’s pages this week (for an article titled “Cutthroat Competition for Indie-Distributors“) comes with some ambivalence: Just last week, Village Voice Media fired one of the few remaining Voice film critics who are actually true cinephiles with both the knowledge and political acumen that we once associated with the Voice’s pages: City Pages’ Rob Nelson (who like many of those fired at the Voice was an award-winning writer; I believe you can still read his work at Mother Jones).
Anyway, it’s a shame, and I felt like it had to be addressed, considering how much I’ve lambasted the New Voice ever since it was purchased, and this just continues the negative trend.
But we struggling freelancers need to eat, especially those with budding families, so I’ve taken the gig and hope to bring some politics back to the Voice, if at least one little article at a time. For now, there’s this New York exhibition/distribution story, which I think is pretty fair to the specific parties involved (namely IFC Center and the Film Forum). If there are those who don’t agree with the article’s tenets (or my return to the Voice), please take it up with me here or via email.