Filmmaker Travis Wilkerson (“An Injury to One”) is joining forces with a number of other independent filmmakers to launch Now! A Journal of Urgent Praxis, a website made up of movies and writings meant to engage with current political and cultural events. The first edition of Now! includes several videos in response to the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which has sparked protest around the country.
The videos include a moment of silent from Wilkerson, as well as Kelly Gallagher’s animation collage about institutionalized racism, “Pen Up The Pigs,” and a video montage by Alex Johnston called “Now! Again!”, among others.
Now’s Editorial Board includes filmmakers Thom Andersen, Nicole Brenez, Toshi Fujiwara, Kelly Gallagher, John Gianvito, Alex Johnston, Minda Martin, Jurij Meden, Vanessa Renwick, Can Tuzcu, Billy Woodberry.
Here is an excerpt from the Now! Journal’s “Declaration”:
“Residing at a crossroads between film journal and radical newsreel, Now! A Journal of Urgent Praxis will foreground films and writings made in rapid yet eloquent engagement with the here and now of political and cultural life. Now! aims to stimulate an alternate form of practice across critical writing and experimental cinema, operating in a different time signature than the academic quarterly, museum exhibition, or film festival. Now! can respond to crisis. Now! can offer the radical reply.
Despite changes in technology that make it easier than ever, few journals make films available as a central component of their content. Fewer still foreground new films, emphasizing the archive instead. And none focus on films that place an equal weight between formal innovation and political urgency. Now! will confront this absence directly.”