For several years now, I’ve been good friends with Karen Neudorf, the visionary editor of Beyond magazine, which she laboriously and skillfully publishes out of her home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The magazine is an eclectic collection of art, stories, interviews, and humor that revolve around a different theme each issue, and it’s ads free, so it offers at least twice the content of most magazines.
Today marks the official launch of her new issue, number 14, and I’ve only seen parts so I myself am very much looking forward to receiving it. Included with it will be an article I wrote on the importance of film festivals, which contains an interview with Velcrow Ripper, the director of the award-winning essay film, ScaredSacred (2004), which played at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.
Karen is trying to earn Canadian grants to continue publishing the magazine, but grants require a couple printed issues, and the process has been a long and difficult one for her. If you’ve already subscribed, you can expect the new issue in your mailbox any day now, but if you haven’t subscribed, I’d encourage you to check it out. It’s an award-winning and hand-crafted publication I’m very proud to be associated with.