by Tony Dayoub
Just posting a friendly reminder for everyone to stop by next week for my annual Labor Day Blogathon. In years past many contributors have made this annual tradition a resounding success, first in 2009, when we celebrated the work of Brian De Palma, and last year when we praised David Cronenberg. I've already received contributions from such notable critics as Richard Jameson of Parallax View and MSN and Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer examing the work of 2011's featured director, Nicholas Ray. Given that he would be 100 years old this year, now's the time for even those unfamiliar with his oeuvre to consider it. TCM is planning a month-long retrospective in October featuring almost all of his movies, including such hard to find rarities like A Woman's Secret, Born to Be Bad, and Wind Across the Everglades. Also in October, the New York Film Festival is screening a digital restoration of his last film, the quasi-experimental We Can't Go Home Again.
In previous Blogathons, I've asked for permission to publish new articles here. But after being overwhelmed with submissions last year, I've decided to do things a little differently. In the interest of running things a little more smoothly, I'll post any links to new or previously published posts on Ray. Send your contributions here, please. I am happy to accept entries from anyone.
Of course, I don't have e-mails for every film writer or blogger. So I'm asking for aid in getting the word out. Even if you choose not to submit a piece, I request that you please help me promote this event at your own respective sites or on Twitter and Facebook.
At top and below are JPEGs to help you market this. If you post one of these JPEGs or contribute a new piece to the Blogathon, please link either of them to this post.
I hope all of you participate in some way.