Brilliant online film and media studies resources from Critical Commons

Digital Humanities and the case for Critical Commons: “Yet another Downfall detournement with Bruno Ganz holding the line against digital scholarship and fair use.” (posted at ironmanx28 channel at YouTube for Critical Commons)

This great video made the rather easily amused Film Studies For Free laugh uncontrollably… But, then, in the case of this blog it was very much preaching to the converted. Thanks a lot to Corey Doctorow at Boing Boing for drawing it to our attention.

Film Studies For Free has also ecstatically been exploring the Critical Commons website promoted by the video:

Critical Commons is a non-profit advocacy coalition that supports the use of media for teaching, learning and creativity, providing resources, information and tools for scholars, students, educators and creators. Critical Commons provides information about current copyright law and its alternatives in order to facilitate the writing and dissemination of best practices and fair use guidelines for scholarly and creative communities. Critical Commons also functions as a showcase for innovative forms of electronic scholarship and creative production that are transformative, culturally enriching and both legally and ethically defensible. At the heart of Critical Commons is an online tool for viewing, tagging, sharing, annotating and curating media within the guidelines established by a given community. Our goal is to build open, informed communities around media-based teaching, learning and creativity, both inside and outside of formal educational environments.

FSFF can most highly recommend Critical Commons not only as an immensely important campaigning organisation –one very much after its own heart — but also as a veritable cornucopia of online, Open Access, film and media studies resources. Just check out the brilliant lecture material from its site linked to below.

FSFF readers MUST explore the rest of this magnificent and worthy organisation’s offerings tout de suite! Or else, FSFF won’t be laughing any more… Nein, es wird nicht lachen

  • Deleuze and Cinema by Kara Keeling The following selection of film clips from films discussed by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze were compiled in the Fall of 2009 by the participants in Professor Kara Keeling’s Critical Studies graduate seminar on Deleuze and Culture at the University of Southern California.
  • Documentary Epistemology by Steve Anderson This lecture considers questions of epistemology in relation to documentary media, using the construction/reconstruction of historical events as a case-study
  • Database Narrative by Steve Anderson This lecture outlines some basic properties of database narratives, referring to the debate between Lev Manovich and Marsha Kinder on the nature of selection and combination in narrative.
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Vampires, Vamps, and Va Va Voom: Recordings and Abstracts

The ever-wonderful Adrian Martin made it all too easy for Film Studies For Free today and very helpfully pointed it in the direction of a wonderful online Film Studies resource: recordings and abstracts of the papers for Vampires Vamps and Va Va Voom: A Critical Engagement with Paranormal Romance, a Two-Day Symposium, organised by the Sìdhe Literary Collective, Monash University, 19 & 20 September 2008. Below are the all important links:

FSFF says Fangs Adrian!

>Vampires, Vamps, and Va Va Voom: Recordings and Abstracts

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The ever-wonderful Adrian Martin made it all too easy for Film Studies For Free today and very helpfully pointed it in the direction of a wonderful online Film Studies resource: recordings and abstracts of the papers for Vampires Vamps and Va Va Voom: A Critical Engagement with Paranormal Romance, a Two-Day Symposium, organised by the Sìdhe Literary Collective, Monash University, 19 & 20 September 2008. Below are the all important links:

FSFF says Fangs Adrian!

‘Final Girl’ Studies

Film Studies For Free loves plucky female film protagonists (and false protagonists, for that matter) still fighting on in there at “The End”.

It also loves Carol J. Clover’s 1987 essay ‘Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film,’ (Representations [Number 20: Fall 1987, pp. 187-228] – later included by Clover in her hugely influential book Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film [Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press,1992]), which was the first work to coin the resonant phrase ‘Final Girl‘ to name climactic female survivors of slasher/horror/fantasy-sci-fi-horror films.

Clover’s essay asked the following, rather fascinating, question: why, in these films which are supposedly principally aimed at male spectators, are the surviving heroes so often women characters?

It’s a question that has been frequently addressed, since, in film, television, and now videogame studies, many of them freely available online. So here’s Film Studies For Free’s not-so-weak-and-feeble list of terribly-brave-and-resilient links to open-access “Final Girl” Studies, beginning with Clover’s key essay, and then proceeding in an orderly alphabetical direction, by author surname:

FSFF also highly recommends that you visit Slayage: International Journal of Buffy Studies for lots of other relevant studies.

>’Final Girl’ Studies

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Film Studies For Free loves plucky female film protagonists (and false protagonists, for that matter) still fighting on in there at “The End”.

It also loves Carol J. Clover’s 1987 essay ‘Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film,’ (Representations [Number 20: Fall 1987, pp. 187-228] – later included by Clover in her hugely influential book Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film [Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press,1992]), which was the first work to coin the resonant phrase ‘Final Girl‘ to name climactic female survivors of slasher/horror/fantasy-sci-fi-horror films.

Clover’s essay asked the following, rather fascinating, question: why, in these films which are supposedly principally aimed at male spectators, are the surviving heroes so often women characters?

It’s a question that has been frequently addressed, since, in film, television, and now videogame studies, many of them freely available online. So here’s Film Studies For Free’s not-so-weak-and-feeble list of terribly-brave-and-resilient links to open-access “Final Girl” Studies, beginning with Clover’s key essay, and then proceeding in an orderly alphabetical direction, by author surname:

FSFF also highly recommends that you visit Slayage: International Journal of Buffy Studies for lots of other relevant studies.