The Art of the Video Essay: A Masterclass with kogonada


For this event – part of Student Open Day – the BFI celebrates essay filmmaking with a specially curated programme of video essays and a talk from leading essay filmmaker kogonada about his work with fellow filmmaker Richard Misek. The internationally recognised kogonada rose to widespread acclaim on Vimeo, where his short analytical films on the work of auteurs such as Godard and Malick have since garnered hundreds of thousands of views. His work has been commissioned by the likes of Sight and Sound, the Criterion Collection, and NPR, among many others.

Richard Misek, filmmaker and academic, combines the power of word and image to foster new perspectives. His internationally acclaimed essay film Rohmer in Paris (2013) has screened at over twenty five film festivals, and in June 2016, he curated ‘Indefinite Visions’, a series of events at Whitechapel Gallery and Close Up Film Centre, where academics, film-makers and artists came together to explore the indefinite and illegible of experimental and commercial cinema.

Below are some links to the oeuvre of these video essayists:

What is neo realism? by kogonada

Wes Anderson//Centered by kogonada

Malick//Fire & Water by kogonada

The Definition of Film by Richard Misek

Mapping Rohmer by Richard Misek

Tickets can be purchased online here. Students can book a free ticket only by phone or in person by quoting the PROMO CODE: essaystudent.

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