A few years ago, during an undergraduate film studies class viewing of Wavelength (1967), I was struggling to find anything positive about the 40-minute imperceptibly slow zoom we were watching unfold. After reconsidering the value of my student loan, and whether or not people would notice if I took a quick nap, something great happened.
I dove into a contemplation of the nuances between entertainment, appreciation, and enjoyment. Who doesn’t love being entertained? That’s an easy one, and those films should exist and will always find their audience. To me, appreciation is more intellectual. It doesn’t come with immediate gratification, but it lingers somehow. As a burgeoning director, I need to work at appreciating things I don’t initially enjoy, to truly grasp the power of independent cinema. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE FORUM.