While I’m not saying this is 100% true, it sure seems like you can’t find anything online written about the work of Gina Telaroli without there being an awkward lead-in disclaimer about how the author of said article is ‘friendly with’ or, God forbid, friends with Telaroli, before they go on to praise her work. As someone who can relate to this concept (not the “praise” part, per se), I understand why folks feel the need to come clean about things. But I also can’t deny that the consistent contextualizing of Telaroli starts to make this all sound like a game of dugout butt-patting.
At HTN, we are pretty much always riding that awkward butt-patting line. But since most of our contributors are filmmakers themselves—this was one of the founding principles of our site, in fact—we approach things differently. Basically, no one is allowed to write about a movie in which he/she received a cast/crew credit. Outside of that, all bets are off and we approve/write reviews on a case-to-case basis.
Don’t worry, I’m not here to write a malformed essay on the ethics of film blogging. While I too know Gina Telaroli, I’ll also just come right out and say it: Traveling Light is the bee’s knees, a 60-minute poetic railway reverie that avoids familiar “nonfiction” or “narrative” or even “experimental” trappings by instead unfurling like a cozy nap taken on a long journey.
Through December 15th—that’s just under one week and counting—Traveling Light is available for viewing for free online. Be sure to take advantage while you can, and you can also visit the film’s official website for more information.