Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar: Documentary Studies

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April’s event for the Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar will be a one-day symposium on documentary studies. Additionally, there may be a couple of additions to the roster, which will be updated at the PCMS website: Documentary Studies: A State of the Field Symposium Saturday, April 11 Temple University Center City (TUCC) room 320 10:30 AM – 5:15 PM This one-day symposium will gather area scholars and media makers in a conversation about documentary studies today. Documentary studies has often held a minority but important position within the larger field of film studies. During the 1980s and 1990s, post-semiotic interventions into the truth and meaning of documentaries dominated the research agenda. Lately, newer concerns – from a social theory of cinema to the phenomenology of spectatorship – have supplemented this agenda. How do we best characterize documentary studies today? How has the subfield responded to wider changes in the discipline and to changes in documentary itself? How has the relationship between documentary makers and documentary scholars changed? To address these questions, the symposium will comprise panels and workshops, allowing for both substantive scholar or artist presentations and wider dialogue. Contexts and Institutions will ask in workshop format how have documentary institutions evolved, particularly in the contemporary mediascape. Documentary Studies: Traditions and New Directions will explore new methodologies and research agendas in the discipline and weigh them against an impressive body of scholarship already existing. Non-Griersonian Genres will theorize nonfiction filmmaking that departs from the Griersonian documentary model: experimental documentaries, essay films, etc. DRAFT SCHEDULE 10:30 – 12:00 Contexts/Institutions Workshop-Discussion D.B Jones (Drexel University), on film policy and the National Film Board of Canada Patricia White (Swarthmore College), on distribution and Women Make Movies María Teresa Rodriguez (University of the Arts) on public broadcasting and community video Ben Kalina (Temple University) on environmental production practices 1:30 – 3:15 Documentary Studies: Traditions and New Directions Panel Jane Gaines (Columbia University), on documentary cinephilia Jonathan Kahana (New York University), on reenactment Warren Bass (Temple University), on fictionalization and Leacock Chris Cagle (Temple University), on documentary reception studies and Grey Gardens 3:30 – 5:15 Non-Griersonian Genres Panel Nora Alter (University of Florida) , on the essay film Elisabeth Subrin (Temple University), on conceptualism and experimental appropriations of documentary Rod Coover (Temple University), on the artifact and the found footage film Jason Zuzga (University of Pennsylvania), on the nature documentary

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