SCMS- New Orleans March 10-13 2011-- The 'Tyler Perry Discourse'

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Samantha Noelle Sheppard, University of California-Los Angeles
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This panel is for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference to be held in New Orleans, March 10-13, 2011.

This panel will critically explore Tyler Perry's films and critical discourse. Perry's eight films to date has generated both love and hate within the Black community and willful ignorance by those outside of the Black community. Perry's filmmaking, while financially successful, has continually come under fire and been ridiculed for what critics, filmmakers, and filmgoers contend are demeaning caricature of African Americans. As the most successfully African American filmmaker in the history of motion pictures, the critical dis-engagement with Perry's filmmaking is both telling and intriguing. This panel seeks critical papers on Perry's films, filmmaking, production, audience, aesthetic, theatrical tradition, history in African American cinema, etc.

Please send a 300 word abstract with 3 bibliographic sources and a brief author bio by August 15th 2010 to Samantha Noelle Sheppard (

Submitters will be notified by August 18th 2010 if their proposals have been accepted.