CFP: HBO and Redfining the Real (7/25/06; Film & History, 11/8/06-11/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
laura vazquez
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Call for Papers

2006 Film and History League Conference on

"The Documentary Tradition"

AREA: HBO and Redfining the Real

In the past two decades under the heading "America Undercover," HBO
has produced a wide variety of documentary programming. Thanks to
the commitment of Sheila Nevins, executive producer and now president
of HBO documentary and family, documentaries range from intriguing
and perverse subjects (Taxi Cab Confessions and Cathouse) to engaging
and sensitive issues (4 Little Girls and Death in Gaza). This unique
situation of a cable television outlet committed to producing and
disseminating stories about actual people and social issues has
brought documentary films, previously the province of small theaters
with limited release, into roughly one-third of American households.

HBO documentaries have served to motivate public awareness and action
regarding previously ignored social issues. Others have explored
intriguing questions of bodies and sexuality. Unlike more trendy
reality TV shows, these documentaries are made by filmmakers who wish
to explore various popular culture issues in depth. This area will
consider the various ways in which HBO has changed both the
production and consumption of documentaries while altering the
landscape of American television entertainment.

We are inviting submissions on all aspects of documentary
programming. Deadline for submission is July 25, 2006.

The Film and History League conference details can be found at The meeting will run from 8-12 November,
2006, in the Dolce Conference Center near the DFW airport. A
spectrum of other areas will evolve on the web site over time.

Send all inquires and proposals to:

Dr. Laura Vazquez

Northern Illinois University

Department of Communication

DeKalb, IL 60115


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