iPhoneography: Low-tech, Mobile, Mutant, and Guerilla Film Theory: NeMLA March 17-20 2016

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Rebecca Romanow/University of Rhode Island
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Call for Papers

iPhoneography: Low-tech, Mobile, Mutant, and Guerilla Film Theory

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT

Deadline: September 30, 2015

This panel will invite a critical examination into the historical, theoretical, and aesthetic underpinnings of low-tech, mobile, and guerilla film, its producers and consumers. As Nicholas Rombes says in his "Introduction to Cinema in the Digital Age," "At the heart of the perfect digital image . . . is a secret desire for mistakes, for randomness, for . . . [the] 'little disaster.'" This style, Rombes notes, is marked by "its treatment of the audience, which is invited to participate as voyeur, watching experiences which mirror their own in terms of the shocking banality of life" (23). This era of mobile film and the digital leads to what Rombes calls "disposable aesthetics" in film that reflect "a style seemingly shorn of all calculation."

The advent and popularity of the smartphone film, as evidenced by numerous festivals, such as the iPhone Film Festival, and the adoption of mobile filmmaking by amateur and commercial directors alike have led to technological disruptions and adaptations in not only how cinema is produced and perceived, but also in the ways in which it is consumed and viewed.

Since the beginning of film in the late 19th century, cinema has been moved forward by technical experimentation. In the 21st century, the use of smartphones, smartphone and low-tech cameras has led to an entirely new way to consider what film is, how it is made, who watches it, and how it is consumed. The effect of these new ways of creating and viewing film reflects the 21st century cultural, artistic, and economic constraints and contexts that affect the complex and ever-changing art of film, which this panel will explore in light of the theories and practice of low-tech and mobile cinema, iPhoneography, and guerilla filmmaking and filmmakers.

Submit 300-word proposals online at NeMLA's website at: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15904

Deadline: September 30, 2015

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