The Midnight Choker

The website of Dan Erdman

I Went to a Video Store

Video-rental stores are cool again. As a recent Kickstarter for a Baltimore outlet puts it, “A great video store is so much more than a place of business. The best … Continue reading


What an A/V Archivist Does

My Opinions about the Kennedy family are usually jaundiced to the point of incandescence, but especially so now since one of that bunch is about to present himself as the … Continue reading


Anne of the Indies (1951)

  In The American Cinema, Sarris rhetorically paired this with Way of a Gaucho, another Jacques Tourneur feature from the early 1950s, calling them “two misguided Fox projects conceived in … Continue reading

July 6, 2017

Stom Sogo: PS When You Thought You Are Going To Die

I dutifully read up on the small amount of material out there on film and videomaker Stom Sogo before going to Friday night’s screening of some of his work at … Continue reading

July 4, 2017

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

This is another one of those network narrative films which seemed to suddenly become a self-conscious mini-genre around the turn of the century. Here, disparate connections are tracked among a … Continue reading

July 1, 2017

Stop Calling Archives Dusty

I could say that the phrase “dusty archive” bothers me due to some sense of professional propriety – you know, “speaking as an archivist.” I wouldn’t be entirely off my … Continue reading

January 15, 2017

Amateur Hour

While I may have let my own personal brand languish here for the last several months, I feel like I should probably use whatever diminishing presence this site can claim to … Continue reading

April 27, 2016