Wunderkino (“wonder-cinema”) are moving images that ignite our curiosity and engagement and help us to rethink questions of creativity, complexity, rarity and the multiple uses and understandings of amateur and non-commercial films.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the rise of amateur film coincided with a proliferation of mass tourism, travel and mobility. On their journeys away from home, amateur filmmakers recorded the transformative forces of modern travel—theme parks, motels, resorts, tourist attractions, transportation technologies, highways—and the people and cultures that collide along the way. The organizers of 2013 Northeast Historic Film (NHF) Summer Symposium invite proposals featuring studies of amateur and non-theatrical films that examine travel and mobility. “Wunderkino 3: Visions of Travel and Mobility” focuses on understanding how amateur and non-theatrical films offer insight into modern mobility and culture, the production and performance of heritage and history, and the transformation of regions, communities, and people as they become the sites and sights of the amateur films, travelogues, and educational films. This year’s theme is an effort to draw upon the wide range of approaches that scholars, artists, filmmakers, and archivists bring to the study and use of amateur and non-theatrical film. We encourage (and expect) participants to incorporate examples of interesting moving images as part of their presentations. NHF houses a 125-seat cinema with 35mm, 16mm, videotape, and DVD projection.
The NHF Summer Symposium is a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of amateur and nontheatrical moving images. For over a decade, the Symposium has been bringing together archivists, scholars, and artists in an intimate setting for three days of viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur, and found films. NHF is located in Bucksport, a town of 5,000 on the coast of Maine (for more info on NHF, please visit: http://www.oldfilm.org). Presenters typically have 30-45 minutes in which to deliver their paper and engage in discussion with their colleagues. The symposium is open to archivists, artists and scholars from all disciplines. Please be advised that NHF is a non-profit organization. Unfortunately, we do not have resources to fund travel and lodging for conference presenters and participants. All presenters and participants must register for the symposium.
Please send 250-500 word abstracts outlining your paper ideas and a brief cv via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The Symposium Program Committee will
begin reviewing proposals on April 20, 2013 and will finalize the program by May 10, 2013.
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