Welcome back to the relaunch of Exact Editions Publisher 1-On-1 series, in which we interview our publishing partners about everything from the pandemic’s impact on their publications to dream holidays and lockdown hobbies.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re kicking off the brand new series by speaking to Gary Crowdus, founder and Editor-In-Chief of Cineaste.
Founded in 1967, Cineaste is today widely regarded as one of the most important film quarterlies published anywhere in the world. The journal’s unique editorial focus is reflected in the in-depth nature of its feature articles and interviews, as well as its film, book, and DVD reviews, written by leading film critics, journalists, and scholars.
Without further ado, let’s hear from Gary!
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1) What’s your role within Cineaste?
I am the founder (in 1967) and editor-in-chief of Cineaste.
2) What’s the best thing about working at Cineaste?
Editing and publishing a magazine not for money but, with my editorial colleagues, as a labor of love.
3) What impact has the pandemic had on your publication, both short-term and long-term?
Although our publication schedule was not disrupted, we did experience a drop in newsstand circulation during 2020, due to the closure of many retail outlets.
4) What was your most unusual lockdown hobby?
I don’t have “hobbies,” per se, but I was able to do a lot more reading during the pandemic lockdown.
5) How have you found the experience of remote working over the past year?
Although we have an office in midtown Manhattan, most of the actual work on Cineaste is done by myself and other members of our editorial board from their homes. And during 2020 we conducted our editorial meetings via Zoom conference calls.
6) Where are you most looking forward to travelling to, once restrictions allow?
Myself and our other editors and staff members are looking forward to being able to visit movie theaters and attend various domestic and international film festivals and other events in person, rather than “virtually.”
7) What is your vision for Cineaste in 10 years’ time?
If I’m lucky to live that long, I hope to have continued good health in order to be able to continue editing and publishing Cineaste. Otherwise, I’m not sure what I would do with all the free time that would suddenly become available!
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Thanks very much for your time, Gary – the Exact Editions team is also very much looking forward to getting back to the cinema again!
If you’d like to participate in an upcoming instalment of our Publisher 1-On-1 series, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.