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Regional Film and Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century

‘Regional Film and Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century’ – July 27-29, 2017, Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, Bucksport, Maine, USA

Twenty-first century regional moving image archives discover and collect increasingly diverse audiovisual artifacts that represent increasingly diverse media-making populations. This year we seek to bring together archivists, collectors, scholars, and practitioners involved with regional AV archives—and regional AV collections within a general archives—to consider best practices in expanding the reach and content of the regional moving image archive. Both “real world” and aspirational presentations are welcome.

Calling upon the regional moving image archive community internationally, we hope to create an atmosphere for sharing case studies, developing collaborative initiatives, discussing what works and what doesn’t, and screening representative material from the world’s regional film and AV archives.

Some topics to consider, and all others are welcome:

–Ways of affirming regional moving image identity

–How to raise money for general day-to-day activities

–How to put together a publication project highlighting your archive’s material

–How to set up a research scholarship? Benefits/drawbacks

–How to identify sources of income

Cataloging nontheatrical/home movies for maximum benefit

–Stock footage sales, advantages and adventures

–Dealing with vendors on a small scale

–Scholarship that foregrounds regional material: methodologies and outcomes

–Regional material as capsules of broader cultural trends

–Teaching with regional moving image materials

Please send a 250-500 word abstract outlining your presentation idea and a brief cv via e-mail to: symposium@oldfilm.org. The Summer Symposium Program Committee is: Jennifer Jenkins, University of Arizona; Audrey Amidon, National Archives and Records Administration; Liz Czach, University of Alberta; Dino Everett, University of Southern California; Heidi Holmstrom, National Archives and Records Administration; and Devin Orgeron, North Carolina State University.  We are happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The Symposium Program Committee will begin reviewing proposals on March 15, 2017 and will finalize the program by April 10, 2017.

Launch of the BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG

We are delighted to announce the launch of the BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG.

Archivio Aperto 2016, IX Edition of the Amateur and Family Film Festival

Until 7 December 2016: Archivio Aperto 2016, IX Edition of the Amateur and Family Film Festival, Bologna.

“Homeless Movies”

The House of Alijn (Ghent, BE) is hosting an exhibition titled “Homeless Movies” until 15th January 2017.

Paying tribute to 16mm & 35mm

Celluloid” exhibition at the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 17 September 2016 – 8 January 2017

CFP: Amateur Film and the Institution (Film History Special Issue)

See CFP below:

Film History – Special Issue: “Amateur Film and the Institution

Guest Editors: Enrique Fibla, Masha Salazkina (Concordia University)

Deadline for abstracts: October 15th, 2016

In recent years, Film Studies scholarship began to pay more attention to the effects that various non-theatrical film initiatives – such as educational, industrial, and other institutional productions – have had on the way modern life is ordered, experienced and imagined. Although amateur film initiatives have sometimes been included in such debates, their relationship to professional film expressions and institutions has not yet been explored in depth. Shifting discourses on the status of amateurism vs. professional aesthetics have shaped much of film criticism and theory, emerging with particular force at certain moments in history. Yet, usually deemed a mere hobby devoted to recording family gatherings and trips, amateur cinema’s rich history as a vernacular media form, with its own journals, circulation circuits, and particular relationship to actuality is yet to be fully explored. Likewise, the current amateur digital media explosion has gathered scholarly attention, but it remains to be articulated in relation to a more comprehensive history of vernacular media. Such histories can potentially allow for a new map and timeline of moving image production to emerge: countries or regions previously deemed peripheral for film history due to their lack of a strong film industry may become relevant to rethink the space that film occupies in cultural history globally.

With these ideas in mind, the Amateur Film and the Institution special issue looks to discuss the different implications of amateur cinema around the world in relation to the technological, social, cultural, and economic developments that marked its emergence in different contexts. A central task of the special issue will be to interrogate the relationship between amateur practices and broader film institutional developments and open a conversation by addressing a range of questions, such as: What role did amateur production play in the institutionalization of film? What kind of alternative institutions did amateurs create? How does the development of these practices and discourses impact our understanding of the history and geography of moving images?

We invite contributions from scholars and practitioners to submit paper proposal on the history of film amateur practices around the world. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Archival institutions and non-professional film
-Non-professional film movements, journals, and festivals
-Amateur pornography
-Political potential of amateur cinema
-Amateur filmmaking and experimental/avant-garde cinema
-Self-made productions and the contemporary digital culture
-DIY technologies and aesthetics
-Amateur film in relation to industrial and educational films
-Histories of critical debates about the status of “the amateur” in film and media
-New geographies of moving image history beyond commercial film
-The impact of the study of amateur cinema on film historiography

Send a 500-600 word abstract and a brief biographical note to enrique.fibla@concordia.ca  and salazkina.masha@gmail.com  by October 15th 2016. The editorial team will notify selected proposals by November 1st 2016. Completed manuscripts (up to 9,000 words) will be due February 1st 2017, and will be accepted for publication pending editorial and external readers evaluation. All submissions will be subjected to double blind peer review.

For further information on Film History journal submission guidelines see: http://www.iupress. indiana.edu/pages.php?pID=78& CDpath=4

In addition to scholarly articles, we invite submissions of relevant previously unpublished original documents on this topic, in English or in translation, to be included in the special issue.

“No Home Movie”

No Home Movie, dir. Chantal Akerman, 2015 – special screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 24 – 30 Jun 2016.

‘Expo Homeless Movies’

Forthcoming exhibition: ‘Expo Homeless Movies‘ (The House of Alijn, Ghent, BE), 26 June 2016 – 15 January 2017.

‘Home Cinema: from Projector to Smartphone’

Current exhibition: ‘Home Cinema: from Projector to Smartphone’ (Limburgs Museum, Venlo, NL), 27 May – 30 October 2016.

‘The Amateur Cinema Project’

4 May 2016: The Amateur Cinema Project (NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

© 2012 Amateur Cinema Studies Network (ACSN)