About Monthly Movie Round-Up: Virtual Edition

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Since 2016, IU Cinema’s A Place for Film blog has presented quality, relevant, interesting, and sometimes provocative writing about programs related to IU Cinema, a world-class venue and curatorial program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in both its traditional and modern forms. Every month, A Place for Film brings its readers a selection of films from its group of regular bloggers. Although these films are not among those currently being screened at IU Cinema, this series reflects the varied programming to be found at the Cinema, as well as demonstrates the eclectic tastes of the bloggers. Each contributor picks one film each month they couldn’t wait to share with others.


Aja Essex is a co-founder of Cicada Cinema, contributor to the IU Cinema blog, and the host, producer, and editor of A Place for Film: The IU Cinema Podcast. Her love of film ranges from Speed Racer to The Holy Mountain to Do the Right Thing to everything far away and in between.

Laura Ivins loves stop motion, home movies, imperfect films, nature hikes, and Stephen Crane's poetry. She has a PhD from Indiana University and an MFA from Boston University. In addition to watching and writing about movies, sometimes she also makes them.

Noni Ford is a freelance writer based in the Midwest and a graduate of the Indiana University Media School. She's worked in voice coordination, independent film, and literary management, and primarily writes film criticism and short stories.

Jesse Pasternack is a graduate of Indiana University. During his time at IU, Jesse was the co-president of the Indiana Student Cinema Guild. He also wrote about film, television, and pop culture for the Indiana Daily Student. Jesse has been a moderator at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival and is a friend of the Doug Loves Movies podcast. An aspiring professional writer-director, his own film work has appeared at Campus Movie Fest and the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

Michaela Owens is thrilled to be the editor of A Place for Film, in addition to being IU Cinema's Publications Editor. An IU graduate with a BA in Communication and Culture and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies, she never stops thinking about classic Hollywood, thanks to her mother’s introduction to it, and she likes to believe she is an expert on Katharine Hepburn and Esther Williams.

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