New CINEPHILE 8.2 on Contemporary Extremism


New issue of SCOPE: Nicole Holofcener, Realism, Self-Transformation Narratives, Károly Makk, the Feature Film as "Short Story" and More

>On the Documentary Real – in Fiction and Documentary cinema and television


Stella Bruzzi, ‘Plenary Lecture: Approximation: Mad Men, the death of JFK and nearly history’ [NOTE: Presentation begins a few minutes in after a brief ‘Blooper‘ Reel, with some profanities…!] (Audio: Stella Bruzzi: lecture ; Video: Stella Bruzzi: questions; Audio: Stella Bruzzi: questions)

A fairly self-explanatory post from Film Studies For Free today: a collection of brilliant videos, above and below, recorded at the Documentary Real symposium which took place at October 21st, 2010 at the ‘Vooruit’ in Ghent, Belgium.

The main participants were Cis Bierinckx (curator, artistic director Beurshouwburg Brussels), Stella Bruzzi (film theory, University of Warwick), Edwin Carels (curator, art theory, KASK), Marc De Kesel (Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Artevelde Hogeschool Gent), Katerina Gregos (curator), Steven Jacobs (art history, KASK and Antwerp University), Vincent Meessen (artist), Jasper Rigole (artist), Avi Mograbi (Israeli filmmaker), and Duncan Speakman (artist).

So, with no further ado, here’s the symposium introduction, and below that are the remainder of the videos: 

The symposium ‘The Documentary Real invite[d] artists and theorists to interrogate the ambiguous relation between documentary film and reality. To what extent can a reel of film capture reality—if this is possible at all—and when can we say that it calls a new reality into being? Do not most films oscillate between ‘document’ and ‘argument’; that is, between representing, rewriting and creating reality? Moreover, what strategies do artists use to document our daily lives? Is the detour through alienation and animation perhaps the proper way to make an outright and truthful work? Do new developments in technological media provide new opportunities for documentary artists? Finally, how do these artistic experiments and their problems represent the culture we live in?

Edwin Carels, ‘Re-animating Animation’ (Audio: Edwin Carels)
Steven Jacobs, ‘Framing Pictures’ (Audio: Steven Jacobs)
Vincent Meessen, ‘CLINAMEN Cinema – the Documentary Swerve: A Performative Lecture’ (NOTE: The performative lecture of Vincent Meessen included a screening of unique footage of a famous modernist architect protected by copyrights. For this reason the presentation cannot be made available online. Only the introduction and questions after the performance are shown). Audio: Vincent Meessen
Duncan Speakman, ‘Subtlemob’ (Audio: Duncan Speakman)
Marc De Kesel, ‘Hotel Holocaust: On “Shoah Documentary Real”‘ (Audio: Marc De Kesel: lecture; Video: Marc De Kesel: questions; Audio: Marc De Kesel: questions
Cis Bierinckx introduces two films ‘”Details 2 and 3″ by Avi Mograbi’ (Audio: Cis Bierinckx)

>On Digital Cinema, Visual Effects, and CGI Studies


Faking it? Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) in Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)

Happy New Year, dear readers! A truly chilled out Film Studies For Free is back from vacation, and raring to go with a pretty impressive (if it says so itself) entry of direct links to openly accessible scholarly work on digital cinema and computer generated imagery studies.

The post was inspired by news of the availability as a free download of ‘Digital Bodies‘ – a chapter, translated into English, from esteemed scholar Barbara Flueckiger’s 2008 German-language book Visual Effects. Filmbilder aus dem Computer.

Flueckiger, Associate Professor at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Cinema Studies, has also just published her great database on the history of CGI, VFX, and computer animation online.  

Vielen Dank, Barbara! Thanks also to all the scholars listed below for choosing to publish their work in freely accessible venues online! 

Finally, in case you hadn’t yet heard of the best website for regular, informed discussions of special and visual effects in the cinema, do check out film scholar Dan North’s awe-inspiring blog Spectacular Attractions!

>Bazinian, Neo-Bazinian, and Post-Bazinian Film Studies


Film Studies For Free decided to round up some classy links today to studies either by the hugely influential film critic André Bazin (1918-1958), co-founder of the film magazine Cahiers du cinéma, or by those who use or comment upon his work in their own contributions to film studies. As the below, openly accessible works more than amply show, even in this the digital film age, Bazin is an earlier generation film theorist who keeps on giving to the discipline that he, as much as anyone else, helped to found.
Online Baziniana: