REMINDER: 2010 Symposium - Call for Papers

From: Stephanie Sapienza (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 23 2010 - 10:53:36 PDT

Hey everyone, Just a reminder that the deadline for abstracts for LA Filmforum's Alternative Projections October symposium is coming up.  Originally we had stated March 26th as a deadline, but we have decided to push the date to March 30th since our project team is meeting on the 31st.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, at (address suppressed)

DATES: October 15-17, 2010LOCATION: School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
CONTACT: Stephanie Sapienza, Los Angeles FilmforumE-MAIL: email suppressed
Los Angeles Filmforum is the only venue in Southern California dedicated exclusively to the ongoing, noncommercial exhibition of independent, experimental, and progressive cinema.  In keeping with our mission to feature the underrepresented voices and visions of truly independent filmmakers, and in conjunction with the Getty’s $3 million postwar LA art initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945 – 1980, we are planning a 16+ screening series in 2011 related to the history of avant-garde media in Los Angeles. The purpose of the Getty’s initiative is to broaden awareness and exposure of LA's contemporary art history.
Filmforum's project, entitled Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 – 1980, aims to expand understanding of how experimental filmmaking (including works created on film, video and other forms of time-based media) evolved in Los Angeles.  The task is to contextualize experimental film in its place in postwar art history. It will focus on the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental cinema in Southern California in the years after World War II.  To read more about the project, be sure to bookmark our Blog where we post updates and interesting materials and clips.  
As part of this three-year research and planning project, Filmforum will hold a symposium in October2010 focused on some of the key aspects of this movement and time period. We would like to invitescholars, historians, curators, filmmakers, and artists to submit proposals for papers, panels andpresentations relating to experimental film production and organizations in Los Angeles from 1945-1980.Proposals should be in the form of a 250-word abstract describing your suggested presentation, thoughmore fully developed and even completed papers are encouraged. Topics could include:
• Analytic explications of specific films or groups of films• The relation between filmmaking and the LA exhibition and distribution infrastructure• Collaborations between artists and curators, especially as these fostered new creative voices• Exploration of the connections between experimental film work and contemporaneous works in otherarts, such as painting, dance, photography, poetry, music, and theatre• Relations between experimental/ avant-garde developments and the film industry• Filmmaking’s responsiveness to the spatiality of Los Angeles and Southern California.
These topics are not intended as limits, and we hope to discover new methodologies and approaches.
Presentations should be 20 minutes long, including the use of media if appropriate. Scholars who present will also have the option to revise and expand their work to incorporate it into our supplementary exhibition publications.
For consideration, submit the abstract via email by Friday March 26, 2010 to Stephanie Sapienza (address suppressed) It should be noted that the archival research phase of our project iswell underway and we may have valuable resources to contribute to the writing of your proposal.If you would like to discuss the projected scope and content of your proposal, including specific artists, films, or organizations, please contact us and we can provide assistance by granting access to this research.
For further information please contact Project Director Stephanie Sapienza at email suppressed, or Project Supervisor Adam Hyman at (address suppressed)
Stephanie Sapienza
Project Director
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in LA 1945 - 1980
Los Angeles Filmforum
cell: 626-676-6451
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