indieWIRE's packed "Meet the Bloggers" event (pictured left to right are: Scott Macaulay, Karina Longworth, Michael Koresky and Alison Willmore) at The Apple Store began with a bit of news: S.T. "Stu" VanAirsdale (aka The Reeler) is moving his blog to Movie City News. The button-pushing blogger also took a moment to give a shout out to IFC's Evan Shapiro, via an IFC TV camera crew that was taping the event. He later chatted on camera with the IFC News reporter in attendance. Andrew Grant (Like Anna Karina's Sweater) and Aaron Dobbs (Out of Focus) expressed surprise at being cast as the senior bloggers of the group, both launched their sites nearly two years ago. One of their favorite bloggers, The Cinetrix was a surprise attendee, sitting in the audience for the proceedings during a visit from her home in South Carolina.
Bloggers bemoaned the early dismissive attitudes towards film blogs by established film critics. A critic and blogger, Michael Koresky from The Reverse Blog and Reverse Shot said that such ill will seems to be fading. A number of bloggers noted the recent launch of DaveKehr.com as a welcome move by a mainstream critic into the blogosphere. Meanwhile, most bloggers dissed recent blog launches by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, rejecting the idea that such high-profile blogs are welcome developments. I'm paraphrasing, but Cinematical's Karina Longworth said forcefully, "I don't need a mainstream blogger to vaildate me." For more on film blogs, check out Steve Rosen's recent indieWIRE article on the topic.