As part of the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, we're thrilled to pay tribute to one of the most quintessential voices in film criticism, J. Hoberman. For more than 30 years, Hoberman wrote for the Village Voice, taking over as senior film critic in 1988. The elimination of his position by the Voice in 2012 was seen as a watershed moment marking the end of journalistic film criticism. His most recent book, Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) takes up the question of the place of film and film crticism today.

Mr. Hoberman will attend the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival as the Keynote Speaker of our panels series, delivering a lecture titled State of Cinema in the 21st Century: Film After Film. Co-presented by UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, this talk will explore the shifting contexts and future of film and film criticism in a post-9/11 world. This panel discussion will take place Sunday, September 30 at 1 P.M. in the Landmark Downer Theatre, and a book signing will take place immediately after at nearby Boswell Books (2559 North Downer Ave.).

For more information on the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org.

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