Writers

Our writers are serious about their love for the movies, cinema, film, moving images, video, and new media and each has his or her unique passions and expertise. All are makers, creative people working in a variety of art forms and media. If you are interested in writing for the Journal, please contact James Parrish.

Anubhav Bist is an art enthusiast, independent filmmaker and avid blogger (whose reviews are up on The Confidential Report. His diverse interest in cinema range from big budget Hollywood features to foreign arthouse films to underground/avant-garde cinema. He is currently a student enrolled in the undergraduate VCUarts Film program while also pursuing a minor in English.

Jacob A. Dodd is an award-winning independent filmmaker who creates short films in 35mm and 16mm. In 2009, Dodd completed Darkness There, a visual poem that explores Edgar Allan Poe’s dark romanticism through the blending of Poe’s life and stories with authentic historical artifacts. Dodd’s fascination lies in the linkage of time periods to examine both private and public oral histories. He uses traditional film techniques to bring forth a feeling of nostalgia, a transcendence of time, and a sense of the familiar. Dodd’s work has been recognized by the Athens International Film Video Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Rosebud Film & Video Festival, the James River Film Festival, and the DC Independent Film Festival. Dodd received his M.F.A. in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia and teaches at VCU as an Assistant Professor of Film.

Ann Henderson is a communications professional and film lover in Richmond, Virginia. She enjoys creating atmosphere — whether by combining words and images on a page (or screen) or by decorating a room with flea market finds. Ann currently edits Broadside, the Magazine of the Library of Virginia.

Ward Howarth is a TV producer and writer based in Richmond, Virginia. He’s generally gearing up for what they call “getting down.”

Michael Jones has a MFA in Filmmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a co-founder of the James River Film Society. He currently teaches film studies at VCU and Randolph-Macon College.

Jere Kittle is a web designer and editor in Richmond, VA. She spends much of her spare time dreaming up stuff. Her tools are often cameras of one sort or another. Jere is a diagrammatic thinker and uses copious gestures when speaking.

James T. Parrish, Jr. is a fundraiser, artist and leader in the Richmond, VA arts community with more than 20 years of fundraising experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector. He currently serves as the director of development for the VCU School of Nursing. James is founder of the Richmond Flicker (est. 1998), a bi-monthly screening of short Super 8 and 16mm films by local filmmakers, and co-founder of the Richmond Moving Image Co-op, (est. 1999), now the James River Film Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the art of film and film as art.

Since F.T. Rea‘s 12-year education serving as manager of Richmond’s Biograph Theatre ended in 1983 (for more on that era visit his Biograph Times), his work — art, columns, essays and photography — has appeared under a quirky variety of mastheads, including SLANT, which he edited and published from 1985 through 1993. SLANTblog began Terry’s blogging days in 2003.

Ted Salins is a relatively unsuccessful filmmaker and screenwriter who teaches same at Randolph Macon College and John Tyler Community College. Some of his short films are available on YouTube.

Peter Schilling, Jr. is a Minnesota-based novelist and film critic. His work has appeared in The Rake magazine and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, as well as his own blog, The Bug. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, The End of Baseball, and is currently at work on both a graphic and conventional novel.

Todd Starkweather is an Assistant Professor of English at South University-Richmond.  He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Illinois-Chicago; his interests include film, Victorian studies, sport, and post-colonialism.