The long hot lazy days of summer are upon us and the film blogosphere is turning up the heat with an interesting batch of blogathons. I really like the community spirit behind blogathons and they often encourage some great writing as well as an interesting exchange of ideas. If you enjoy writing about film and have your own blog please consider participating in some of these upcoming events.
The Japanese film blog Wildgrounds is hosting a Japanese Cinema Blogathon June 15-21. This is a wide reaching international event that encourages participation from film bloggers all over the world no matter what their native language happens to be. The idea behind the Japanese Cinema Blogathon is to unite Japanese film fans in an effort to “promote Japanese cinema” and “help readers discover films” that have often been overlooked. This is a subject that’s near and dear to my heart and I’m glad that Michael has made an effort to put this blogathon together. For more information please visit the link below:
June 21-30 Flickhead will be hosting a Claude Chabrol Blogathon focusing on the films of the talented French filmmaker who is celebrating his 79th birthday this year. Flickhead is run by Ray Young who’s also responsible for the Claude Chabrol Project and it was the first website I ever came across devoted to the director’s work. The upcoming blogathon should be an interesting extension of Ray’s longtime interest in Chabrol’s films and anyone is welcome to participate. For more information please visit the link below:
And last but certainly not least, July 2009 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space and in its honor Greg over at the always lively Cinemastyles blog is hosting The Spirit of Ed Wood Blogathon July 6-12. The blogathon isn’t limited to the films of Ed Wood and encourages submissions about "any underground, cheaply made movie that was filled with heart, or just incompetence." For more information please visit the links below: