SVLLY’s genesis sprung from anger.
This magazine is the creation of the goals, ideals, ramblings, heartache, desire, and most supreme: sheer optimism for carving a subversive current in the status quo. One that caters to the destruction of the capitalist, sexist, racist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, white supremacist, patriotic, violent, and propagandist foundation of the greater Western film establishment. From theory, to programming to criticism and production, the mechanisms of these pervasive ideologies has displaced imagery created by radical thinkers and marginalized folk, but it doesn't have to be that way. There must be a new wave of making and thinking about cinema.
This issue of SVLLYwood is rooted in the tragically hopeful personal code created by John Cassavetes, a leading member of American indie film making:
“Films today show only a dream world and have lost touch with the way people really are. In this country, people die at 21. They die emotionally at 21, maybe younger. My responsibility as an artist is to help people get past 21. The films are a road-map through emotional and intellectual terrain that provides a solution on how to save pain.”
SVLLY’s genesis sprung from hope.
On August 18, 2016 I welcome my 22nd cycle around the sun, with the gripping anticipation of not inviting the emotional death Cassavetes once alluded to. I would venture out to say, not only should films be a road-map through the grudge of our reality, but cinephilia, as a whole should be an ever-evolving ecosystem that cultivates the attitudes and principles of cinephilles worldwide. What is culture if not the shared traditions of its brethren? Conversations regarding cinema have yet to capture the larger imagination in the way it could because cinephilia, in conjunction with cinema, has yet to be made by the people, for the people.
SVLLY isn't just one thing: it’s universal. It’s grounded in history and experience. It’s emphasized by the sincerity of its collective. This being the first issue, we hope to introduce a template that caters to a new cinephilia. It is the great hope that one day, **inshAllah** SVLLY will permeate the cultural lexicon, but when that day comes, let the vanguard of the new wave be the authentic lovers of its philosophy. Without further ado, we present “Sunset on Leo Season”, tracking the sorrow, resurrection, and rebirth of the fire sign.
In trust + solidarity,
Francis Ford Coppola's little fat girl in Ohio