It's been a busy few months and a fair tuckered out Film Studies For Free is off on its annual screen-free holidays from tomorrow for just over a week. While it chills out on a sweltering beach somewhere, generous to a fault (so it says), it's leaving you with LOTS of links to fabulous open access reading, viewing and listening. Just check out the wondrousness below.
New issue of [in]Transition: A Journal of Videographic Film Studies 1.2, 2014
Edited by Christian Keathley, the new issue examines some of the formal parameters in emergent videographic film and moving studies. It contains the following entries:
- The ABCs of Forms and Genres by Christian Keathley
- Intersection by Girish Shambu
- On Video Tributes by Chiara Grizzaffi
- Compilation and Found-Footage Traditions by Corey K Creekmur
Adrian Martin Interview
On the longest day of the year, June 21, 2014, Film Studies For Free's author interviewed film studies writer and thinker extraordinaire Adrian Martin. Our conversation took place in the quietest spot we could find in the historic center of Milan late on a World Cup match night. We were both visiting that city for the conference of the Network of European Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), and had been part of a workshop panel that day on videographic film studies, or "audiovisual approaches to audiovisual subjects." We discussed Adrian's turn to audiovisual essays (many made with Cristina Álvarez López) as well as his work more generally, and talked about his new book Mise en Scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, later in 2014). Adrian's latest De Filmkrant column 'Serve Yourself' offers an extract from the book as a preview of it: the column is on-line here: http://www.filmkrant.nl/world_wide_angle/10805. In the interview, Adrian talks in detail about a particular audiovisual essay -- Intimate Catastrophes -- which he co-edited with Cristina Álavarez López for the Transit: Cine y otros desvíos website. Also see "[De Palma’s] Vision" by Martin and Álvarez López here: https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/de-palmas-vision. The interview is available from Film Studies For Free's Podbean Site.
Two new cinephilia links from Photogénie!
- Photogénie has just updated its inaugural issue to include the following publication on cinephilia:
- Catherine Grant and Christian Keathley, 'The Use of an Illusion: Childhood cinephilia, object relations and videographic film studies', PHOTOGÉNIE 0, 2014
- Also, see Photogénie's new call for your personal accounts (in words or images) of your favorite cinephiliac moments here.
Great updates in Kracauer Lecture Video Recording Series at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (links via Vinzenz Hediger), including:
- Laura Mulvey's lecture 'Becoming History: Spectatorship, Technology and Feminist Film Theory': http://www.kracauer-lectures.de/en/sommer-2014/laura-mulvey/
- Antonio Somaini's lecture on Eisenstein's 'Notes toward a General History of Cinema': http://www.kracauer-lectures.de/en/sommer-2014/antonio-somaini
- Ginette Vincendeau's lecture 'From the Margins to the Centre: Ethnicity and the French Star-System': http://www.kracauer-lectures.de/winter-2013-2014/ginette-vincendeau/
- Christa Blümlinger's lecture 'Memory and Projection': http://www.kracauer-lectures.de/winter-2012-2013/christa-bluemlinger/
New issue of OFFSCREEN (Volume 18.4, 2014) on Television
- TV Horror: Covering the Televisual Horror Landscape By Donato Totaro
- TV Vampires: From Barnabas Collins to Bill Compton By Stacey Abbott
- Contextual Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Robert Enrico vs. Rod Serling By Donato Totaro
- Revolution and Sex: The Evolution of TV By Tom Stempel
- Robert Towne’s Television Years By Elaine Lennon
Preceding issue of OFFSCREEN (18.3, March 2014) on Memory, Cinema and Time
- Personal/Memory Time: Past and Present Merging on the Screen (Wild Strawberries, Spider, Solaris, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) By Elisa Pezzotta
- The Disappearance (1977, Stuart Cooper): Melancholy and Murder By Donato Totaro
- Out of Time: The Costumes of Bad Timing (1980) By Elaine Lennon
- Chronos Pulls the Strings: Roaming thoughts On Koji Yamamura’s Muybridge’s Strings (2011) By Ramin S. Khanjani
- “Japan Speaks Out!” at the 27th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato at Bologna, Italy, 29 June–6 July, 2013 By Peter Rist
SCOPE, Issue 26, February 2014
- No Country for Women and Children: Pastoral American and Meaningful Despair in Palindromes and Dancer in the Dark — Charles Burnetts
- The Fine Art of Commercial Freedom: British Music Videos and Film Culture — Emily Caston
- "Disappointingly Thin and Flaccid": Gender, Authorship and Authenticity in Shane Meadows' Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002) — Martin Fradley and Emma Sutton
- “We Ain’t Thinking About Tomorrow”: Narrative Immediacy and the Digital Period Aesthetic in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies — Adam Gallimore
- Melodrama as Vernacular Modernism in China: The Case of D. W. Griffith — Qijun Han
- Postmillennial Cinema and the Avenging Fatale in Sin City, Hard Candy and Descent — Samantha Jane Lindop
- Labor Relations, 16mm Film and Euston Films — Max Sexton
- DOSSIER: Film Festival Pedagogy: Using the Film Festival in or as a Film Course — curated by Ger Zielinski
- BOOK REVIEWS PDF
- FILM REVIEWS PDF
- CONFERENCE REPORTS
See film scholars Ben Sampson and Drew Morton's fantastic VIDEO ESSAY DIPTYCH: Good Dads/Bad Dads: A Tribute to Cinematic Fathers. Morton has also posted all five drafts of his BAD DADS video essay to share his production process: http://vimeo.com/album/2915741. Also see Morton's ingenious video on Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles: Day x Day x Day: https://vimeo.com/96852873
Michael Chanan has just uploaded his marvellous video tribute to the remarkable Brazilian documentarist Eduardo Coutinho. For further tributes to Coutinho see here.
Ian Magor's great video tribute to the films of Bela Tarr: https://vimeo.com/97625110
Interesting audiovisual essay, on film music' relationship to the image track, by students Noémie Lachance and Jana Zander https://vimeo.com/95030117
Kevin B Lee's TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE (complete version)
Computers Watching Movies (Inception) by Benjamin Grosser: https://vimeo.com/79080565
"Walden Connection: The Thoreauvian Agenda in UPSTREAM COLOR" Video by Anna Robertson https://vimeo.com/groups/audiovisualcy/videos/92652144
Michael Heileman's monumental videographic STAR WARS study Kitbashed" http://vimeo.com/heilemann/kitbashed
Great updates at the Ingmar Bergman Foundation website!
Excellent interview with film scholar Richard Misek, creator of the feature length essay film ROHMER IN PARIS: http://contrappassomag.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/contrappasso-extra-interview-with-richard-misek-rohmer-in-paris/. See his short video essay Mapping Rohmer here: http://framescinemajournal.com/article/mapping-rohmer-a-video-essay/.
Souleymane Cissé on Henri Langlois (video 2:24): https://vimeo.com/99318945 (Link via Nicole Brenez)
The Österreichisches Filmmuseum has put Vertov's "Kinoweek" online, in digitized form, for free (link via Vinzenz Hediger)
Also at the Österreichisches Filmmuseum's site, video interviews with, among others, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Benning, Anna Karina, Michel Ciment… Link via David Hudson: http://bit.ly/1m4MSAY
Remembering Eli Wallach, 1915 - 2014: http://fan.do/r/19i
David Hudson's tribute entry to Robert Gardner, 1925 – 2014, Anthropologist, filmmaker, author and advocate of the avant-garde: http://www.fandor.com/keyframe/daily-robert-gardner-1925-2014.
Ehsan Khoshbakht talks to Dariush Mehrjui, Kamran Shirdel and Masoud Kimiai about the first golden age of Iranian cinema: http://fan.do/r/19h
kinderspiel, a project on children as media archaeologists, media makers and media players (link via Vinzenz Hediger)
Excellent talk by David Archibald: "Should Scotland have an independent film industry?" http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/david-archibald/should-scotland-have-independent-film-industry