Zoetrope, the literary magazine created by Francis Ford Coppola

by Grace Wang in October 2017
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Film Literature

Founded by Francis Ford Coppola and Adrienne Brodeur in 1997, Zoetrope: All-Story was born out of the desire to create a forum for great short stories that may go on to become great films. As its current editor Michael Ray tells us, Coppola believes that “short fiction is the narrative art form most akin to film”. The magazine has a long list of impressive guest designers, each given full creative freedom to imbue their vision on their individual issue.

We sent Zoetrope out to Stack subscribers in 2011, and we’re excited to announce that they’re back on our roster (we always wait at least two years before sending out any magazine again, but in reality it tends to take much longer than that). To celebrate their return, we’ve dug deep into their archives to pick out some of the very special contributors they’ve collaborated with.

1. Iggy Pop
The cover from the Spring 2017 edition, guest-designed by musician Iggy Pop

zoetrope-all-story-iggy-pop-coverPainting by and (c) Iggy Pop

2. Jeff Bridges
Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges has film credits spanning The Last Picture Show, Fearless, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, and Hell or High Water. While on set, he takes behind-the-scenes photographs of the actors, crew, and locations, which he then edits into books as gifts for everyone involved. Bridges guest-designed the Summer 2017 edition.

jeff-Bridges-zoetrope-all-storyPhotograph by and (c) Jeff Bridges

3. Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self; and his diverse works — in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and architecture — have been exhibited widely throughout the world. He guest-designed the Winter 2016/17 edition.

Eliasson-Nowhere-zoetrope-all-storyArtwork by and (c) Olafur Eliasson

4. Martin Parr
British photographer Martin Parr, known for his acclaimed social documentary, travel, food, and fashion work, guest-designed the Fall 2015 edition.

zotrope-all-story-martin-parrPhotograph by and (c) Martin Parr

5. John Vanderslice

zotrope-all-story-idaho-gus-can-santJohn Vanderslice is a musician and producer who owns the Tiny Telephone Recording studios in San Francisco and Oakland. He guest-designed the Spring 2016 edition.
Photograph by and (c) John Vanderslice

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