Writer and film critic A.S. Hamrah has many admirers, including our booksellers at Elliott Bay, and we’re very excited to have the opportunity to host a conversation with him tonight about his work, some of which was collected in his book, The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing 2002-2018 (n+1).
“Hamrah is committed to his ambivalence, conveying it with a mixture of precision and conviction that will remind you how much more there is to be gleaned from a review than whether a movie is ‘good ’ or ‘bad ’ (even if it’s a movie you happen to deem very good or very bad indeed) . . . A political awareness imbues Hamrah’s criticism without weighing it down. He doesn’t succumb to a leaden moralizing because he pays close attention to the medium he’s writing about, alert to what he sees and hears.” —Jennifer Szalai, New York Times.
A. S. Hamrah has been n+1’s film critic since 2008 and was the editor of the magazine’s film review supplement. He also writes for a number of other publications including Harper’s, The Baffler, and Bookforum. He has worked as a movie theater projectionist, a semiotic brand analyst, a political pollster, a football cinematographer, a zine writer, and for the film director Raúl Ruiz.
Co-presented with Seattle International Film Festival.