CFP: Cinema's Digital Insurgency (grad) (8/1/07; 11/1/07-11/2/07)
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 answersâ€¦
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 isâ€¦ 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 â€œfilmsâ€ 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 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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