Leo Goldsmith and Rachael Rakes presenting Peter Watkins’ The Journey

June 9 @ 7pm
June 10 and 11 @ 1pm

Peter Watkins’ 1987 film The Journey is a documentary charting the geopolitical landscape surrounding the nuclear arms race. At 14 ½ hours, the film is monumental in its reach: filmed over several years in fifteen different countries, Watkins’ film was a resource tool linking political activists around the globe in their work towards understanding, organizing and resisting nuclear proliferation.

For Scrivener’s Monthly, the film will be screened in its entirety, broken up over three days. Rachael Rakes and Leo Goldsmith, editors of the film section of The Brooklyn Rail and authors of a forthcoming book on Watkins, will introduce the film and lead discussions throughout the weekend.

Leo Goldsmith is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, where he is completing a dissertation on found footage and image circulation. He is the co-editor of the film section of the Brooklyn Rail, a monthly arts and politics newspaper, and writes on film and media for art-agenda, Artforum, and Cinema Scope. He is the co-author, with Robert Stam and Richard Porton, of Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (Wiley, 2015), and, with Rachael Rakes, of a forthcoming book on the filmmaker Peter Watkins. He has organized exhibitions and film series for the Museum of the Moving Image, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, UnionDocs, 92Y Tribeca, and the Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania).


Rachael Rakes is a critic, curator, editor, and film programmer based in NYC. Currently, co-editor of the film section of the Brooklyn Rail, Programmer at Large at Film Society Lincoln Center, Editor at Large for Verso Books, and recent graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. With Leo Goldsmith, she’s working on a book tentatively titled Distant Present, on the collaborative practices of filmmaker Peter Watkins, for which they received a 2014 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.  Formerly employed by Museum of the Moving Image, The Feminist Press, AK Press, ArteEast. Former collaborater at Heliopolis Project Space. Former proprietor, DocTruck/noneplusone and Books & Books People Don’t Read.