Film & History 2017: A Place To Call Our Own: Contesting and Constructing the Home in Independent Film and Media

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Matt Connolly, Film & History Conference 2017

A Place To Call Our Own: Contesting and Constructing the Home in Independent Film and



An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference:

Representing “Home”: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging


November 1-November 5, 2017

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Milwaukee, WI (USA)


EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 2017


The idea of “home” has a complicated relationship to independent film and media. On the one

hand, the home connotes a conventional familiarity that runs counter to the boundary-pushing

spirit and go-it-alone ethos associated with the independent film and media world. On the other

hand, building alternative sites of production, knowledge, and community constitutes a vital part

of envisioning a media landscape beyond the mainstream.

This area asks presenters to consider how these two notions of home coexist within independent

film and media. What have producers, distributors, exhibitors, and audiences done to make new

spaces (both on and off-screen) that challenge norms and expand conceptions of creativity and

belonging? How have these goals shifted within ever changing economic, industrial, and cultural

contexts? In posing these questions, we ultimately seek to explore what it means to forge a

potentially incongruous creation: a home for independence.

Possible topics include:

  • Representations of home in independent film and media
  • Independent production cultures and the “familial” bonds of the set
  • Alternative distributors and production companies
  • The independent/repertory theater as cinephilic home
  • Independent film/media as refuge for alternative identities and ideologies
  • Home Invasions: Encroachments and overlaps with the mainstream
  • Regional media and local specificity
  • Home video and its relationship with independent media
  • Amateur and DIY productions

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must

include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For

updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History

website (


Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:

Matt Connolly

University of Wisconsin-Madison