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Ámauteurish! is the open-access repository of the collected work of Joel David, set up and maintained as a single-source personal archival website. It includes out-of-print publications and links to still-available material. For list of announcements in preceding years (also in reverse chronological order), please click here for: 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; and 2014. The articles from Millennial Traversals that appear in Book Texts have been restored, but only for the latter feature. If you’re using a smartphone or accessing this on an app, you can jump to the other major sections by choosing them from the Menu option above. In case the top-page menu is inaccessible, here are the sections and their features:
• About – provides extensive descriptions of the rationale as well as of the author;
• Books – contains my out-of-print books and links to published books, as well as edited volumes, chapters in anthologies, and papers in proceedings;
• Articles – contains materials published in journals (Non-Journal Articles and National Midweek Articles have their own separate pages);
• Reviews – contains my commentaries on films as well as occasional books and plays, arranged according to title of production (Auteurs & Authors reorders this same list according to each work’s creator);
• Remarks – contains my articles and statements published since 2016, opening with “Mega-Meta: A FilmCrit Folio”;
• Extras – would be mostly my non-written output, plus selected ephemera and juvenilia, opening with a “Special Folio on Manila by Night (1980)”; and
• Contact – provides a means by which I can be reached.
• Not included in the menu but a compilation of several sections above would be this Chronologically Arranged Listing of Publications, with its own accompanying Empiricals page.
First-time readers: This current section serves as the home (or front) page of the blog. Buttons for sharing on Facebook or Twitter, or by email, will appear at the bottom of each posting. The search box, copyright notice, and Creative Commons Attribution will also appear at the footer of every page on the website version of Ámauteurish! In general, when an entry’s permanent listing in this blog is unspecified, it will be found in its appropriate subcategory in the Extras section.
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December 4 – As a service to researchers (including myself), I have compiled and uploaded a bibliography of books on Philippine cinema, arranged according to a number of arbitrary categories. The same list is also available in an alphabetized arrangement.
November 15 – Kritika Kultura is calling for papers for a special issue on Genders and Sexualities in Asian Cinema, with February 2021 as target publication date. Deadlines and other specs are in the linked file, a list of possible topics is included, and the editor will be yours truly.
November 9 – The publication date of the special issue on Film Criticism in the Philippines that I’m co-editing with Joyce L. Arriola for UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society has been postponed, from November 2019 to May 2020. The issue will comprise a mix of scholarly articles as well as position statements (with corresponding sample critiques) from Filipino film scholars and critics.
October 31 – “Showbiz Babylon” is my Halloween-appropriate commentary on the Barretto family scandal, earlier published as “The Barrettos and the Privilege of Behaving Badly” in The FilAm. This will be stored in the Remarks section.
October 3 – Ámauteurish! annual Certificates of Registration with the US Copyright Office are now complete for the years 2014 to 2018 (n.b.: only relevant portions are uploaded).
October 1 – “Third Cinema, Queer Technique, and Manila’s Multiple Characters” is a review by Josen Masangkay Diaz of my book Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic, published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. It’s in the Fall 2019 (no. 59) issue of Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media and runs for three web pages; please click on the links at the lower-left side of each page to move to the succeeding page.
September 29 – Publication details now available for “Di/Visibility: Marks of Bisexuality in Philippine Cinema,” in the Journal of Bisexuality: Volume 19, Issue 3 (September 2019): pages 440-454. DOI:10.1080/15299716.2019.1656474.
September 20 – International Standard Book Numbers are now complete for all Ámauteurish Publishing books – one for each of two parts of this year’s Millennial Traversals book edition and one each for the 2014 digital edition of The National Pastime (originally printed in 1990), Fields of Vision (1995), and Wages of Cinema (1998). See the first (sole-authored) set of entries in the Books section.
September 17 – “Di/Visibility: Marks of Bisexuality in Philippine Cinema” is a survey article of mine, just out in the Journal of Bisexuality (paywalled, sorry). It’s listed under JoB’s Latest Articles, which comprise works that were “accepted for publication in this journal but not yet published in a volume/issue.” Its most definite citation detail at this time is DOI:10.1080/15299716.2019.1656474. I’ll be updating its entry in the Articles section once volume and issue details have been finalized.
September 1 – Another development in the millennial traversals of Millennial Traversals, as it were. Originally an Ámauteurish! e-book in two parts, now available as two open-access journal issues of UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society, the intervening print editions will be reprinted as a back-to-back single edition, the first dead-tree product of Ámauteurish Publishing. Confusing, I know, so just await further announcements if the idea of owning a physical copy of the material strikes your fancy. Just about to commence printing, as soon as I’m able to secure International Standard Book Numbers for them.
August 2 – In the event titled “From Screen and Stage to Page: Adapting Drama and Screenplays into Book Form,” held at Raffles Makati during this year’s edition of the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, I half-jokingly warned the audience not to misspell the Ámauteurish! blog name. That’s because leaving out the first “u” will open this portal:
Then again, who can blame folks for typing less letters? Fortunately, as I said, “all web browsers allow their users to open multiple windows, so go ahead if you’re curious, open the amateurish.com page, but also make sure to look into amauteurish.com….”
Article & book writing & editing.
June 23 – Manoy Takes His Leave, a tribute to the late Eddie Garcia, published in The FilAm.
June 8 – New and improved Timeline of Events accompanies the Annual Filipino Film Production Chart (through 2016).
June 5 – Independent filmmaker Joselito (Jay) Altarejos posted an announcement of a screening of his excellent social-problem film, Jino to Mari, quoting a message I posted last April 9 on Facebook:
To enlarge, click on the above pic. I will be retaining this form of specialized content in the Remarks section.
May 14 – The PDF solutions:
• Some articles of mine that appeared in anthologies were originally linked to their Google Books copies. Since these had started behaving strangely, hiding pages at a stretch, I scanned the articles and uploaded them instead. Hence clicking on links provided in the entries for “Awake in the Dark: Philippine Film During the Marcos Era” (2008) and “Philippine Film History as a Site of Postcolonial Discourse” (2000) will now open scanned PDF files of these articles.
• Researchers who need to check inclusive page numbers and other publication info regarding my out-of-print books (specifically The National Pastime , Fields of Vision , and Wages of Cinema ) will find links to scanned PDFs of these books’ essential preliminary pages right before the digital editions’ table of contents. The preliminaries would comprise the title and copyright pages, the book edition’s table of contents, acknowledgments, and preface, foreword, and/or introduction – in short, nearly everything numbered by a roman numeral (visible or otherwise).
May 1 – Sine: 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema (co-written with Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon and published by Summit Media) is scheduled for a final-quarter release this year.
April 27 – I delivered a plenary lecture at the International Conference on Ethical Literary Criticism: Celebrating Literature as a Distinctive Ethical Expression, held at the University of Santo Tomas and sponsored by the UST Office of the Scholar-in-Residence/UNITAS Office, in cooperation with the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Department of Literature, and the International Association for Ethical Literary Criticism. The material I read, titled “Auteurs & Amateurs: Toward an Ethics of Film Criticism,” is posted herewith.
April 22 – I restored an article, “Problems in Philippine Film Awards,” originally a memorandum submitted to my colleagues at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. It initially appeared as an entry in Millennial Traversals but had to be taken out because of its incompatibility with the rest of the contents. It now appears in the “Mega-Meta: A FilmCrit Folio” feature that opens the website’s Remarks section.
April 12 – I have reformatted all the blog’s bibliographic and filmographic listings to feature hanging indentations. This includes the entries in the Reviews and Auteurs & Authors sections as well as in the Chronologically Arranged Listing of Publications special feature.
March 25 – “A Salute to Our Pinay Filmmakers” is a short statement I originally posted on Facebook, in recognition of the innovative contributions of women directors to the local rom-com genre. This entry will be listed in the Remarks section of this website.
March 19 – A PDF file of the introduction I wrote for Two Women as Specters of History: Lakambini and Indigo Child by Rody Vera, titled “Theater, Film, & Everything In-Between,” is now listed in the Books section’s Chapters in Anthologies subsection. The book is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press and may be ordered from the publisher’s website.
January & February 2019
Site maintenance & copyright processes.
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