CFP: Cinema's Digital Insurgency (grad) (8/1/07; 11/1/07-11/2/07)

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         Call for Papers and Films:
 Shoot, Rip & Burn: Cinema's Digital Insurgency
 San Francisco State University
 November 1-2, 2007
 Presented by the SFSU Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association
 Keynote speakers: TBA
 The rapid development and proliferation of digital media technologies have been alternately heralded as a revolution, a revelation, and a curse. For cinema, the rise of digital culture still seems to raise more questions than answers…
   Is digital cinema an oxymoron? In an age of new media, do "cinematic" practices and theories remain useful?
   How have new digital media changed our conceptions of what cinema is… and what it can be?
   What cinematic possibilities have been opened or foreclosed by digital media?
   To what extent will a digital cinema contravene the politics of traditional cinema?
 Regardless of the speculations offered about the future of cinema, it remains clear that new modes of making, distributing, viewing, and reading “films” suggest not only new sets of critical concerns, but new means of addressing those concerns.
 Accordingly, graduate students are invited to submit works that interact with issues of cinema in the digital age. Conference participants are strongly encouraged to utilize some form of digital media (e.g., PowerPoint slides, interactive DVDs, etc.) in support of their presentations (20 min. max. length).
 We also invite submissions from student filmmakers whose work engages issues of digital cinema and technology. These films will be screened together as part of a special panel, accompanied by discussion with the filmmakers themselves.
 Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):
   YouTube, the internet, and new frontiers for cinema
   Distribution, copyright law, and accessibility in the digital age
   Issues of gender, race, class, nationality, etc. in digital cinema
   The politics of and potential to mobilize new cinemas
   Digital cinema and genre
   Documentary and the digital edge between fiction and non-fiction
   The new digital auteur
   Experimental filmmaking and digital surrealism
   The materiality and aesthetics of digital media
   High/low culture and the digital
   Pornographic digital forays
   Issues and representations of postmodernism and posthumanism
   Digital bodies and the simulated human form
   The role/effect of digital technologies in film criticism and film theory
 Deadline for submitting abstracts and films is August 1st, 2007.
 Email abstracts (300 â€" 600 words) to along with a short biographical statement (including your contact info and institutional affiliation). Please also include a brief description of your presentation strategy in your abstract.
 Films (in DVD format only) may be sent to the following address:
 ATTN: SFSU Graduate Film Conference
 Cinema Department (FA 245)
 San Francisco State University
 1600 Holloway Avenue
 San Francisco, CA 94132
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