Site Update: It’s Our 3rd Anniversary!


Believe it or not, I’ve been updating this site regularly for three years now! It’s amazing how the time has really flown. While last year saw a lot more changes than this year, 2012 was so full of amazing things for me and for this site.

I continued my studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now have two semesters left in my MFA program. While there I studied with some really brilliant people, including screenwriter (he co-wrote The Emperor’s New Groove), actor and director extraordinaire Matthew Jacobs.

On the site, Movie Quote of the Day has been going strong with a different quote everyday (except for repeats on Groundhog Day because duh) for over two and a half years. After a eight-month hiatus, Oscar Vault Monday came back strong, with some of my very best work so far. I continued to review many a film from The Warner Archive, which continues to be a delightful gig and I also reviewed a handful of books of film from Titan Books.

I continued to write for YAM Magazine, which included covering many festivals: Noir City X (where I met the founder of the Film Noir Foundation Eddie Muller and talked about eyeliner with Angie Dickinson), the 3rd annual TCM Film Festival (where I met and talked with both Bob Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, interviewed Tippi Hedren, Rick Baker and Thelma Schoonmaker and was yelled at on the red carpet by Tony Roberts), the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Epidemic Film Festival, the 17th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival. I also got to do several interviews outside of festivals, including Carl Davis and Jake Schreier.

I was in a commercial for the Samsung Series 9 Monitors in which, according to one user on YouTube, I demonstrate the “worst acting in [the] history of mankind.” Can’t please ’em all.

Lastly, the amazing biography of Lew Ayres written by Lesley Coffin for which I contributed the foreword was finally released and surprise of all surprises, my name was on the cover! You can purchase it here.

All and all, 2012 was a great year for me and I hope it was a great year for you too. I’m so grateful for each and every reader that comes across this site and I can’t wait for 2013 and a 4th year of being a cinema fanatic!


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Site Update. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Cinefanatic, congratulations on your third year of your wonderful blog! All of us here at Team Bartilucci HQ have been enjoying your blogs, quotes, and picture, and we look forward to many more of your great blogs in 2013 and beyond!

  1. Pingback: 2012 in Films: One Year, 365 Days and 617 New-To-Me Films « the diary of a film history fanatic

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