"Born to Be Bad" returns after its successful weekend in May 2002 of speakers, films, and lively discussions on "trash," "cult," and "exploitation" films. This three-day international conference will return in May 2003 to join scholars, film makers, and industry specialists of "trash cinema" from any decade or genre. We invite papers from a broad range of topics on trash films including horror, monster movies, science fiction, spaghetti westerns, sexploitation, blaxploitation, prison films, sex comedies, porn, and the like. We also encourage papers that discuss the role of spectatorship in the contexts of the drive-in, second-run theaters, video stores, cable tv, ebay, trading websites, and fanzines to name but a few. In honor of Mother's Day, May 11, we also welcome any papers that may deal with sexual mothers, monstrous mothers, etc.
The tentative schedule includes publicly shown films on the evenings of May 9, 10, and 11 at the Pacific Film Archive Theater, and the conference will be held on Saturday, May 10, with the possible addition of talks on the 11th.
We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes including the time for film clips. Please send a 500-word abstract, with the paper title, your name, address and affiliation, email address, and a 1-2 page cv. Please indicate whether you will show film clips and the format (VHS or DVD, NTSC or PAL). We also welcome film suggestions for the evening screenings. Email submissions are preferred.
Department of Italian Studies
6303 Dwinelle, #2620
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2620
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