Hello there, everyone,
My name is William Penix, and there’s not much more than I can add from my first entry in this blog. I’m a graduate of The College of William & Mary with a major in Film & Media Studies. While I took many classes regarding film theory, eras in film history, and cinema from around the globe, I was involved in the production of a student documentary as an editor and was a member of the Public Relations committee for the College’s Global Film Festival my senior year. In particular, I wrote the press releases for both the festival’s Fall Theme Launch Event and for the festival itself.
As far as other writing ventures are concerned, I was a contributor for the College’s newspaper The Flat Hat, writing film reviews for its blog Reel Talk while I was taking ‘brief’ hiatus from this blog. I began writing film reviews midway through the second semester of my junior year and continued until around the same period of my senior year, even writing a least once a week during the summer. Since graduating, I’ve contributed my craft to online outlets such as Pop Optiq, Screen Rant and Cut Print Film.
To go through some brief talking points about myself, I could say that I have a few loves in my life. First of all, I love music. I listen to just about anything from classical to Cattle Decapitation, and I’ve even fronted a couple of different bands in my time (the photo to the left showing the last show from my last outfit, hardcore punk band Windforwings). I enjoy consuming all other types of art, particularly theatre considering my soft spot for almost anything musical-related. In my down time, I love to read through various pieces about film and the industry floating about the web, spend time outdoors whenever and however possible, cook great (I think) food and enjoy a fine glass of beer or just about any whiskey that isn’t cheap. And of course, I couldn’t go on without these amazing sports teams in my life: Liverpool Football Club, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Celtic Football Club (in that order).
It would probably be moot point to proclaim I love all kinds of film, and I especially love writing about it, whether it be reviews, retrospectives, op-ed features, or anything else. I want to further my writing skills because, truth be told, I’m not really good at much else. Read my work, enjoy yourselves, and above all, watch great movies. Is there much more anyone can ask for?