The Projector: An Electronic Journal on Film, Media and Culture -- Special Issue on the "B Feature"

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The Projector: An Electronic Journal on Film, Media, and Culture is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year under the auspices of the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. The Projector is seeking research-based essays for a special double issue on the B feature or “low-budget” film, studio-produced or independently financed, in any genre or country of origin. This proposed special issue will comprise our Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 issues.

Topics include:

•Industrial contexts of production, financing models, marketing strategies, exhibition outlets (broadcast or cable television, DVD, Internet)
•Historical studies (e.g., Poverty Row, Bryan Foy) or historiographic issues, such as problems of definition
•Reception or audience analyses
•Aesthetic innovations; impact of digital and new media technologies
•Regional production (e.g., Appalshop)
•Cultural, social, historical aspects of B production and reception
•B cinema and cultural hierarchy; “bad cinema” and taste formation; exploitation (e.g., AIP, Troma,John Waters)
•B film labor: the auteur, star, scriptwriter; below-the-line personnel; the producer or financier
•Nonstudio sites of production; the industrial, educational, or training film
•Mumblecore; student films
•The B film/art cinema nexus (e.g., Reichhardt, Bigelow, the Coens, Raimi)

Essays should be sent electronically to both the Guest Editor Heidi Kenaga at and General Editor Cynthia Baron at by February 1, 2012. Please send the manuscript in MS Word, using the MLA style of bibliographic citation, with a separate cover sheet containing author and affiliation information. Length: 20-25 pages, excluding cover sheet, Works Cited, and images. Queries should be sent to Heidi Kenaga.

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