The above video is a very short, but effective, introduction to issues affecting small nations as they produce cinema, using the example of the Nordic countries, by film scholar Mette Hjort. It is also a fascinating digital promotional tool for a University of Washington Press book series co-edited by her. See Hjort's excellent essay on 'small nation cinema studies' in the new issue of Mediascape. And also see Tom Zaniello's excellent article there on emerging, new-media forms of documentary including the digital advert.
Film Studies For Free was really delighted to see that there's a new issue out of online journal Mediascape. The Winter 2011 issue explores
the complex notions of the local and global as they intersect with media: industries and studies; cultures of production, distribution, exhibition and reception; as well as the text itself. Some of the questions this issue engages with include: In what ways does the global marketplace facilitate local products and productions? How do actors negotiate the politics of globalization in how they represent themselves in either the digitally enhanced or real worlds? How can digital media balance both the autonomy of local communities and the ongoing impact of corporate globalization? What role do academic scholars and students play in the globalization of media studies? [read more of this introduction here].
As with earlier issues of this high quality and strikingly original journal, there are a good number of items in audiovisual formats (including video essays, video exemplars, etc). Alongside Mette Hjort's and Tom Zaniello's articles, FSFF particularly appreciated Brian Hu's excellent video essay on the use of popular music in Wong Kar-wai’s films: truly wonderful, analytical viewing and listening! But there are many others pieces of great interest and these are all directly linked to below.
Thanks for a really great issue, Mediascape.
- 'From Synthespian to Avatar: Re-framing the Digital Human in Final Fantasy and The Polar Express' by Jessica Aldred
- 'Tsuruko Aoki: Wife, Lover, Transcultural Star (visual essay)' by Bryan Hikari Hartzheim
- 'Pop Music and Wong Kar-wai (visual essay)' by Brian Hu
- 'Impact on Soft Power of Cultural Mobility: Japan to East Asia' by Seiko Yasumoto
- 'Suturing the Wound of Globalization: Immigration and Organs in Dirty Pretty Things' by Abby Hinsman
- 'Coming of Age in Media/Cultural Studies: Critical Approaches' by Dennis Lo
- 'Small Cinemas: How They Thrive and Why They Matter' by Mette Hjort
- 'Roundtable Discussion on the Local and Global in Media Studies' Respondents: Amelie Hastie, Roshanak Khesti and Laura U. Marks (link not yet working)
- 'Introduction' by Ross Lenihan and Ben Sampson
- 'Robert Greenwald Interview' by Ross Lenihan and Ben Sampson
- 'Ina Inaba Interview' by Ross Lenihan
- 'Amie Williams Interview' by Ben Sampson
- 'Globalization, Digital Films, and New Directions in Documentary' by Tom Zaniello
- 'Speculations on the Virtual and the Viral Witness to Human Rights Crises' by Sam Gregory and Patricia Zimmermann
- 'Local/Global in Documentary Films: Traditional Media and New Media (video interview)' by Ross Lenihan and Ben Sampson
- 'Local/Global in Documentary Films: Short Format vs Long Format (video interview)' by Ross Lenihan and Ben Sampson
- 'Local/Global in Documentary Films: New Media and Social Change (video interview)' by Ross Lenihan and Ben Sampson
- 'Local/Global in Documentary Films: Effectiveness of Advocacy Media (video interview)' by Ross Lenihan and Ben Sampson