Ernest Hardy writes about art and popular culture from his home base of Los Angeles. His music and film criticism regularly appears in national newspapers and magazines. He is also a contributor to the reference books 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide. His first collection of criticism, Blood Beats Vol. 1: Demos, Remixes and Extended Versions, was published in 2006 and was a recipient of the 2007 PEN / Beyond Margins Award. Blood Beats Vol. 2: The Bootleg Joints was published in 2008. Hardy is a Sundance Fellow and a former member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He has sat as a juror for the Sundance Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and Los Angeles Outfest. He is currently working on a book about Mark Bradford’s Hurricane Katrina-inspired installation, “Mithra,” as well as a collection of prose and poetry.