Welcome to the formal launch of my new professional site, Patrickzmcgavin.com.
I am a Chicago-based writer, cultural journalist and film critic. My writing on film has been published in the New York Times, Screen International, Hollywood Reporter, RogerEbert.com, Stop Smiling, Cineaste, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Playboy, LA Weekly, The Nation, City Pages and Crain’s Chicago Business.
I have also been privileged to cover film festivals at Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, Toronto, New York, Turin and Thessaloniki.
With this new site, I wanted to have a single place where I could provide ready and available links to other professional work as it becomes published. It is important to have a place for archival material. For instance, the recent restoration, theatrical reissue and publishing of the Criterion Blu-ray of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s monumental Dekalog allowed me to publish a series of interviews with the director.
My primary impulse was to have the freedom and range to write on movie, director or movement worth evaluating and discussing—film festival dispatches, new releases, restorations, special Blu-ray boxed sets, new streaming options, director interviews and actor profiles.
Unless otherwise noted, all material on this site is original and previously unpublished.
Please enjoy and explore the content of this site, and help deepen and expand film culture.