By twhalliii | Indiewire June 11, 2008 at 4:08AM
Just a quick note to say Happy Birthday to the blog...It's our 4th anniversary! Today marks the start of the 5th year of The Back Row Manifesto. This blog has been a really great way to keep my thinking about films organized, a place to respond to the ideas of others and to feel part of a community of individuals passionate about cinema. A huge thanks to Eugene, James, Brian and Brian at indieWIRE for allowing me to participate and for building this network of thinkers and writers who keep us all informed and inspired.
It has been an incredibly hectic few weeks for me; The Sarasota Film Festival lost our Executive Director, and I've been traveling from Michigan to Ohio To Brooklyn To Florida to Brooklyn to Massachusetts and back home again, all the while trying to stay in touch with what is going on in Sarasota. Needless to say, the Film Festival will continue on, and we're just now recovering from the change, enough so to begin the process of analyzing the festival, recommending some changes here and there, and getting started on planning. It has been a ridiculously busy time, and so I haven't been able to see a film, let alone concentrate enough to write about movies. That should change in the coming weeks, as there are some very exciting movies coming to NYC, most notably a week-long run of Jacques Rivette's Celine and Julie Go Boating at BAM (Florence Almozini has such great taste), which kicks off a 40th Anniversary retrospective of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight and Jake Perlin's second Film Desk release, Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux at Film Forum. In the meantime, it's nice to celebrate a little on-line longevity and say thank you again to everyone for reading and making this (very) little blog worth writing. I'll be back in the swing of things soon.