Welcome (back) to Carbon Arc!

Hello! This is the new Writer-in-Residence blog at Carbon Arc Cinema. Thanks for dropping by.

I’m Carsten Knox. I’m a cineaste, critic, reviewer, film nerd, whatever label rolls off the tongue most deftly. I spend an inordinate amount of my extracurricular time watching movies of all stripes. And as the freshly minted Writer-in-Residence (thanks to a grant from Arts NS) for the winter 2016 season at Carbon Arc, I feel like I should offer my credentials.

I’ve been a Carbon Arc audience member since the series began. At one time I was invited to introduce a screening—I presented one of my favourite films, Truly Madly Deeply, at Carbon Arc five years ago at the Khyber.

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Since then I’ve been Film Editor at The Coast and a film reviewer on CTV Morning Live, as well other scribblings/broadcasts about film locally and nationally. You can find the largest collection of my thoughts on film at my blog, Flaw In The Iris. I also co-host a podcast about movies, Lens Me Your Ears, with arts reporter Stephen Cooke. Last summer, I was invited by Carbon Arc director and founder Siloën Daley to join the Carbon Arc programming committee. With core members Kendra, Donna, Zack, and programmer/projectionist Kenny, we go looking for the very best Canadian and international features and documentaries, new quality films otherwise not screened at cinemas in Halifax, and show them to you.

And we’re doing it again, starting this week.

This Friday, February 4, at 7pm we’re showing Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary look at the storied meeting of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut in the early 1960s, which led to Truffaut’s much-adored book on cinema.

 
Hitchcock/Truffaut

Hitchcock/Truffaut

 

Something you might not know about programming films at Carbon Arc: It’s a collection of educated guesses. It’s rare that we get to see any of the films in advance of the screening night. We choose the films based on festival reviews and a whole lot of positive buzz. This is to say we’re discovering the films during the screening, same as you are.

With Hitchcock/Truffaut, I was in Ottawa in early January and was fortunate enough to catch it at the Bytowne, one of that city’s best rep cinemas. I’m glad to have had the rare opportunity to see it in advance, and I think anyone who takes the art of film seriously is going to enjoy this documentary.

After the screening, Stephen Cooke and I will sit down and record an episode of Lens Me Your Ears about the film and Hitchcock’s work in general. This week I’m busy cramming, trying to catch up with as many of Hitchcock’s films as I can before Friday, many of which I’m seeing for the first time. 

This week we also have a double screening on Saturday at 7pm and 9pm: Boy And The World, an Academy Award-nominated feature animation from Brazil. Funds from the screening (tickets are $10 each) are going towards efforts to bring a refugee family to Halifax.

 
Boy and the World

Boy and the World

 

I hope if you’re part of the Carbon Arc community, you’ll check back here regularly. As Writer-in-Residence I’m going to be previewing and reviewing the upcoming screenings as they happen. I’ll be sharing some background on how we go about selecting films, how they’re received by the Carbon Arc audience, and, hopefully, facilitating some conversations about what we’re all doing here—sitting in the dark and having a shared experience.

I’m also going to be talking about a short film I’m writing. That’s something else I do, writing screenplays. I have a couple feature efforts in various states of completion, and while the Carbon Arc season progresses, I’m going to write a short from scratch. That should be interesting. As of this moment, I’m totally bereft of an idea. Hope I come up with something.