UPDATE: [Graduate] Cinema's Digital Insurgency (9/15)

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The CFP below has been updated with a new submission deadline of SEPTEMBER
15, 2007 to give students more of a chance to hear about the conference
once Fall classes resume.


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: Lynn Hershman-Leeson

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 digital cinema

â€" Are there any revolutions in the making?

- 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 September 15, 2007 .

Email abstracts (300 â€" 600 words) to sfsucinema_at_gmail.com 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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