Mission: Vague Visages aims to publish high-quality writing about world cinema and culture. The site maintains a balance of indie and mainstream coverage, allowing for a unique blend of perspectives. Since 2014, Vague Visages has operated with a $350/month budget and a one-person staff. In May 2020, a subscription platform was introduced to cover monthly costs and to continuously expand the site.
Origins: Inspired by the cinema movement known as La Nouvelle Vague, Q.V. Hough created an image-based blog called “Faces of the French New Wave” in 2014. For a creative twist, the site’s name quickly changed to “Vague Visages” (aka Wave Faces) in honor of French New Wave filmmakers and American indie filmmaker John Cassavetes (director of the 1968 film Faces). “Vague Visages” is a fusion of cinematic concepts.
Shift to Film Criticism: Q.V. moved Vague Visages from Blogger to WordPress in late 2014, using the French publication Cahiers du cinéma as a thematic model. By early 2015, Justine Peres Smith (RogerEbert.com) became the first paid writer, followed by Josh Slater-Williams, Jordan Brooks, Dylan Moses Griffin, Max Bledstein, Jacob Oller and Angelica Jade Bastién. Vague Visages is now a popular destination for emerging film critics and seasoned academics.
Vague Visages is pronounced VAWG-VEE-SAWJ or VAYG-VEE-SAWJ.
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