As part of Zoom In Online's ongoing podcast series "On the Circuit," I sat down with film critics/curators Andrew Grant and Aaron Hillis for a chat about their independent DVD label Benten Films. From Zoom In's description of the episode:
"The word 'Benten' is a colloquial form of Benzaiten, the Japanese goddess of all that flows, commonly associated with the arts. Benten Films co-founders Andrew Grant and Aaron Hillis hope that what flows from their independent DVD distribution company is an appreciation for arthouse cinema. The two film critics state that Benten "is designed for cinephiles to uncover lost masterpieces and future classics, with an eye on overlooked gems that deserve greater recognition," and with mumblecore and foreign titles such as LOL, Quiet City and The Free Will in their catalogue, it's hard to argue that point."
Click here to listen to the podcast in full. Click here to go to Benten's home on the web.
Keith Uhlich is Editor of The House Next Door and a contributor to various print and online publications.