"Just do it." Chuck Kleinhans speaks.

Winston, Brian (2019) "Just do it." Chuck Kleinhans speaks. Jump Cut (59). ISSN 0146-5546

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It’s simple really….. what’s with the movies that so many of us should spend a life-time worrying about them – especially if we are politically engaged? Surely there are more important areas of activism? And for Chuck and my generation, there was an added element of Anglophone intellectual disdain attached to the popular arts. Over the past couple of years, I have been recording interviews with folk seeking to understand how, given this unfertile context, we all came to cinema studies.

Talking to Chuck and Julia was crucial for this project. For one thing, their stellar contribution demonstrated that my vision of the field’s marginality is way off the mark and that had to be acknowledged. The radical body of work Chuck has left us is a model of what engagement can mean and this conversation, I hope, illuminates its foundation. But more than that: this unavoidable task was no sweat. Every encounter with Chuck constantly confirmed the appositeness of his email handle – chuckkle. Nothing can be more missed than his needle-sharp amused take on the low dishonest times in which we live. And our field cannot more urgently need scholarship as committed and relevant as his to find our way through them.

We honoured Chuck and Julia at VisEv XXII in Toronto and their message to us then was a simple one: ‘Just do it.’ Chuck’s life was a celebration of this injunction

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