Monday 14 September 2015


A new score for Georges Méliès's Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902). Written for The New Music Players and Orchestra of Sound and Light for concerts in London and Sussex, UK, with funding support from the RVW Trust and Arts Council England. (Music © University of York Music Press, 2015). More information here.

Hello there! It's been a rather busy few months, so Film Studies For Free had to take a little break from its long-form advocacy activities at this website, although its bountiful open-access recommendations continued to issue forth as usual on Twitter and Facebook. But the extended version of FSFF returns now with news of a number of fabulous online publications for your autumnal (Northern Hemisphere) or Spring (Southern Hemisphere) viewing and reading pleasure. Do scroll down for all the contents listed in the title. Oh and one more thing: don't miss Sight and Sound's ongoing "Women on Film" coverage.

[in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, 2.3, 2015
P.S. Please note [in]Transition's call for submissions for a special issue on Latin American cinema at

Some Recent Theme weeks:

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 - Shohini Chaudhuri (University of Essex) presents: Gaza and the Trope of Encirclement
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Sara Saljoughi (University of Toronto) presents: Nostalgic Returns
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Michelle Baroody (University of Minnesota) presents: "A River Runs Through It": Visualizing Fluency
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Aisha Jamal (Sheridan College) presents: The ‘Afghan girl" Sherbat Gula’s popularity with Afghans
  • Friday, August 28, 2015 -Negar Mottahedeh (Duke University) presents: A revolutionary meme
  • Monday, August 10, 2015 - Shani Heckman (College of Marin) presents: Celebrity Skinned: Patty Schemel Lesbian Hero featured in film Hit So Hard
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - Landon Palmer (Indiana University) presents: Rocking the Transmission: Vulgar Spontaneity in Live Television Music
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - Jesse Scholtterbeck (Denison University) presents: Performance and the Pursuit of Stardom in Anvil: The Story of Anvil
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Michael Bass (Georgia State University) presents: Filth, Fury, and Fiction: Creating a Mythology in The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle
  • Friday, August 14, 2015 - Laura Mayne (University of York) presents: Seeking the variety of live performance in The Rolling Stones’ Rock n Roll Circus (1968)
  • Monday, August 17, 2015 - Shane Denson (Duke University) presents: VHS Found Footage and the Material Horrors of Post-Cinematic Images
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - Laura Wilson (University of Manchester) presents: Affective Horror of the Found Footage Anthology
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Anthony C. Bleach (Kutztown University) presents: Video Aesthetics and Nostalgia Deployed in Better Call Saul
  • Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Rebecca Jackson (Johnston Community College) presents: JOLT! And The Glitch Aesthetic
  • Friday, August 21, 2015 - Leo Goldsmith (New York University) presents: The All-Consuming: Scratch Video’s Ambivalent Bodies
  • Monday, June 29, 2015 - Maria San Filippo (University of the Arts Philadelphia) presents: Captive Viewers: Learning In/humanity through Film in ‘Dogtooth’ and ‘The Wolfpack’
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Emily Carman (Chapman University) presents: Illicit Achive: Sony Hack as Access for Media Industry Studies
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Catherine Grant (University of Sussex) presents: Scholarly Striptease. Or, The Unintended Consequences of Film Studies For Free
  • Thursday, July 2, 2015 - Zoe Shacklock (University of Warwick) presents: Kathryn Alexandre and the Performance of the Body
  • Friday, July 3, 2015 - Kevin L. Ferguson (Queen’s College) presents: Pee-Wee’s Daddy

VIEW 4.7, 2015: Archaeologies of Tele-Visions and -Realities
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FILM QUARTERLY Vol. 68 No. 4, Summer 2015 for free until September 30th, 2015:

Table of Contents

  • Black Media Matters: Remembering The Bombing of Osage Avenue by Karen Beckman
  • China Unraveled: Violence, Sin, and Art in Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin by Jiwei Xiao
  • Mickey Horror: Escape from Tomorrow and the Gothic Attack on Disney by Aviva Briefel
  • Attention Duras by William Caroline
  • Maximum Emotions, Minimum Words: Interview with Eugène Green by Megan Ratner
  • Crónica de castas (Chronicle of Castes) and Sangre bárbara (Barbarous Blood) by Paul Julian Smith
  • The Vulnerable Spectator: On the Contagion of Vulnerability by Amelie Hastie
  • Marking Time: The Long form Documentary at IDFA 2014 by Deirdre Boyle
  • Sundance 2015, The Crystal Ball by B. Ruby Rich
  • Remembering Resnais: An Encounter on the First Anniversary (Approximately) of His Death by Paul Thomas
  • Bernie Cook Reflects on Katrina Media at the Ten-Year Mark in FLOOD OF IMAGES: Media, Memory, and Hurricane Katrina by Regina Longo
  • Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics by Julie A. Turnock DANA POLAN
  • Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios CARRIE RICKEY
  • Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military by Alice Lovejoy TANYA GOLDMAN
  • L.A. Plays Itself / Boys in the Sand (Queer Film Classics series) by Cindy Patton GREG YOUMANS
  • Making Movies into Art: Picture Craft from the Magic Lantern to Early Hollywoodby Kaveh Askari
  • Film Rhythm after Sound: Technology, Music, and Performance by Lea Jacobs MASHA SHPOLBERG is an annotated online archive of Indian film. It is intended to serve as a shared resource for film scholars and enthusiasts in India and beyond. has been initiated by, and is operated in collaboration with a number of organisations and film studies institutions. These include:

The initial set of films and metadata is based on Ashish Rajadhyaksha's and Paul Willemen's Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, and the Wiki. The website was built with, and launched in February 2013 at Jaaga in Bangalore, with support from the Bohen Foundation, The Foundation for Arts Initiatives, and the Goethe Institute.

At present, is being utilized as a backbone structure for several research projects on Indian film, including a project for an 'Annotated Repository on the Art Cinemas of India" being conducted by the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, a project on the Left and the early Malayalam cinema being overseen by Prof. Satish Poduval of the English & Foreign University, a repository for precious historical print holdings on the history of Tamil and Telugu cinemas being assembled by Samyuktha P.C. (Chennai) and Dr. S.V. Srinivas (Bangalore), and a project on early Bengali films at the Media Lab, Jadavpur. A general focus at the moment is on out-of-copyright films, currently pre-1954.

  • Three Bombay Talkies Films from the 1930s Debashree Mukherjee, as a part of a film histories fellowship, selected and annotated a trio of major Franz Osten Bombay Talkies films. Debashree writes about her selection and annotation strategy and presents an interview with Peter Dietze, grandson of Himanshu Rai with rare images from his Melbourne collection.
  • A Filmi Twist of Fate: An Interview with Peter Dietze, Grandson of Himansu Rai Debashree Mukherjee's interview with Peter Dietze, grandson of Himanshu Rai with rare images from his from his Melbourne collection. In her own words, 'the only extant and accessible collection of studio papers from any Indian talkie studio of this time'.
  • A Second Bibliography Around John Abraham Jenson Joseph is researching Malayalam cinema around the key figure of filmmaker John Abraham. This is part of the Annotated Repositories of the Art Cinemas of India project supported by the University of Chicago's Delhi Centre. This is a first Visual Bibliography of his researches, and includes previously inaccessible material around the Odessa Film Collective and other material on and by Abraham.
  • A Second Select Bibliography on the Cinema of Mrinal Sen This is the first set of materials assembled as a part of the Annotated Repository of the Art Cinemas of India project supported by the University of Chicago Delhi Centre. It includes key texts around the work of Mrinal Sen, and includes publicity materials around Sen's films, the reception of the films when they were first released, on the making of the films, and reviews.
  • A Second Select Bibliography on the Cinema of Jahnu Barua This is the first set of materials assembled as a part of the Annotated Repository of the Art Cinemas of India project supported by the University of Chicago Delhi Centre. It includes reviews and writings on the cinema of Jahnu Barua.
  • Signifying Nativity: ‘Documentary reels’ in early South Indian films By Jenson Joseph
  • The Complete ICC Reports Five complete volumes of the Indian Cinematograph Committee evidence (1927-28).