Currently edited by Grahame Weinbren, Kenneth White, Josh Guilford, Rachel Stevens and occasional guest editors, the Millennium Film Journal has been published more or less biannually since 1978 by the Millennium Film Workshop, former director Howard Guttenplan, current director Joey Huertas.
Since its inception in the 1970s, the Millennium Film Journal has documented the multiple transformations of the cinematic in the hands of artists, giving a voice to a community that tended toward marginality. Our single commitment is to the moving image as an art form, not a product, and we continue to maintain the idealist – if aggressively naive – position that artworks and products are separate and distinct species, even if some works are both.
At this point in history, moving images surface not only in multiple locations, but in different kinds of place, from huge outdoor public projections to the intimacy of the mobile phone, to name just the extremes. The moving image resides not only in a range of technologies but in different physical states, from the materiality of the filmstrip to the ephemerality of the data-cloud. Writers for the MFJ continue to document, analyze, historicize, track and describe artists’ use of the moving image, wherever they appear, whatever form they adopt, whatever time-frame they wish to explore, from the earliest days of the pre-cinematic into the possibly non-objective future.
And yet our readership looks to the Millennium Film Journal to explore beyond these points of inquiry, for artists, theorists, amateur and professional, to come to us with their impressions and not-yet-complete theories, their ideas-in-progress, their proposals, their manifestos, their commitments, their loves, and their hates.
We are the oldest journal of artists’ moving image works on the planet. As long as we continue, this is one thing that cannot change. But everything else can.