Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New JUMP CUT, MOVIE, CINEMA on Deleuze, L'ATALANTE on acting and cinephile directors, CINEMA COMPAR/ATIVE CINEMA on Manny Farber and MUCH MORE

Happy 2015 from Film Studies For Free! Quite a few major online journal launches of Fall 2014 issues didn't make it into FSFF's end of year round up (which did announce new issues of The Cine Files, Mediascape, [in]Transition, NECSUS, Frames and other great items). So links and contents are gathered below for convenience.

As the brilliant Jump Cut issue 56 has just been published, FSFF wanted to rush that news to you, but will also add further links of note to the foot of the entry in the coming days. So do come back to take a look at those.

 Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, 6 (2014): GILLES DELEUZE AND MOVING IMAGES
    • Edited by Susana Viegas PDF
    • Editorial: Gilles Deleuze and Moving Images, 1-7 PDF by Susana Viegas
    • Abstracts, 8-15 PDF
    • Cinema: The “Counter-Realization” of Philosophical Problems, by Mirjam Schaub PDF
    • Visual Effects and Phenomenology of Perceptual Control, by Jay Lampert PDF
    • Double-Deleuze: “Intelligent Materialism” Goes to the Movies, by Bernd Herzogenrath PDF
    • Bringing the Past into the Present: West of the Tracks as a Deleuzian Time-Image, by William Brown PDF
    • Thought-Images and the New as a Rarity: A Reevaluation of the Philosophical Implications of Deleuze’s Cinema Books, by Jakob Nilsson PDF
    • Visions of the Intolerable: Deleuze on Ethical Images, by Joseph Barker PDF
    • Artaud Versus Kant: Annihilation of the Imagination in the Deleuze’s Philosophy of Cinema, 
    • Jurate Baranova PDF
    • Para Além da Imagem-Cristal: Contributos para a Identificação de uma Terceira Síntese do Tempo nos Cinemas de Gilles Deleuze, by Nuno Carvalho PDF
    • Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature, by Niall Flynn PDF
    • Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema, Adam Cottrel PDF

CINEMA COMPAR/ATIVE CINEMA, No. 4, Fall 2014 (English language version)
CINEMA SCOPE Issue 61, 2014, online feature and interview content

JUMP CUT No. 56, fall 2014 (all items below are available here:

    • Saving Mr. Banks and building Mr. Brand: the Walt Disney Company in the era of corporate personhood by Mike Budd 
    • The horrors of slavery and modes of representation in 12 Years a Slave and Amistad by by Douglas Kellner
    • Django Unchained—thirteen ways of looking at a black film by Heather Ashley Hayes and Gilbert Rodman 
    • The artificial intelligence of Her By Robert Alpert 
    • Attack the Block: monsters, race, and rewriting South London’s outer spaces by Lorrie Palmer 
    • Class warfare in the Robocop films by Milo Sweedler
    • Pirates without piracy: criminality, rebellion, and anarcho-libertarianism in the pirate film by Michael D. High 
    • Demon debt: 
Paranormal Activity as recessional post-cinematic allegory By Julia Leyda 
    • Wolfen: they might be gods by Tyler Sage
    • As beautiful as a butterfly? Monstrous cockroach nature and the horror film by Robin Murray and Joseph Heuman 
    • U.S. ambivalence about torture: an analysis of post-9/11 films by Jean Rahbar 

    • Hugo. The Artist—specters of film new nostalgia movies and Hollywood’s digital transition
    • by Jason Sperb 
    • The tail wags: Hollywood’s crumbling infrastructure by Jonathan Eig
    • The white flag of surrender? NBC, The Jay Leno Show, and failure on contemporary broadcast television by Kimberly Owczarski 

    • Inhabiting post-communist spaces in Nimród Antal’s Kontroll by György Kalmár
    • A 'Failed Brotherhood': Polish-Jewish relations and the films of Andrzej Wajda by Tim Kennedy 
    • "Made in Bollywood”: Indian popular culture in Brazil's Caminho das Indias by Swapnil Rai 
    • Of radio, remix, and Rang de Basanti: rethinking film history through film sound by Pavitra Sundar 
    • Cinema and neoliberalism: network form and the politics of connection in Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain by Shakti Jaising 
    • The revolution must (not) be advertised: The Players vs. Ángeles Caídos, the discourse of advertising, and the limits of political modernism by Greg Cohen 
    • The film as essay: Jafar Panahi’s search for self in This is Not a Film by Bebe Nodjomi 

    • Buffoon queers by Andrew J. Douglas [Review of Scott Balcerzak, Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Queered Masculinity (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2013]).
    • Montgomery Clift: or, the ambiguities
    • by David Greven (Review of Elisabetta Girelli, Montgomery Clift, Queer Star [Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014])
    • ‘Factory of new film expressions’: Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade festival review by Kamila Kuc 
    • Broken Blossoms—artful racism, artful rape by Julia Lesage
    • Part one: Jump Cut 40th anniversary
      • Introduction by Chuck Kleinhans
      • Marxism and film criticism: the current situation (1977) by Chuck Kleinhans and Julia Lesage
      • Introduction to 
Jump Cut: Hollywood and Counter Cinema (1985) by Peter Steven
      • The Sons and Daughters of Los: culture and community in Los Angeles by David E. James
    • Part two: the current scene, recurring issues
      • Perpetual subversion by Julia Lesage
      • Flying under the radar: notes on a decade of media agitation by Ernest Larson
      • Subversive media: when, why, and where by Chuck Kleinhans
      • Activist street tapes and protest pornography: participatory media culture in the age of digital reproduction by Angela Aguayo
      • Anarchist aesthetics and U.S. video activism by Chris Robé 
      • John Hess, award for activism
      • Looking back, deliciously

L'ATALANTE. REVISTA DE ESTUDIOS CINEMATOGRÁFICOS N°19You'll need to create a user account for free at this journal but once you have you'll be able to access lots of wonderful articles.


Pablo Hernández Miñano, Violeta Martín Núñez




Vanishing Points
Notebook: Cinephile directors in modern times. When the Cinema Interrogates Itself
Table of Contents
Issue Masthead

Rebeca Romero Escrivá 5




Vanishing Points

MOVIE: A JOURNAL OF FILM CRITICISM Issue 5, 2014 (Edited by Alex Clayton and Kathrina Glitre)
Jim Hillier: 1941 – 2014 - A Tribute

Other Online Items of Note (MANY MORE TO BE ADDED IN THE NEXT DAYS):

Monday, 22 December 2014


The Marriages of LAUREL DALLAS by Catherine Grant
The above video is published as an integral part of a multimedia essay on two Hollywood adaptations of STELLA DALLAS "The Marriages of Laurel Dallas: Or, The Maternal Melodrama of the Unknown Feminist Film Spectator", MEDIASCAPE, Fall 2014. Online at:

Another year of open access scholarly bulletins and links draws to a close at Film Studies For Free. Despite readership well exceeding 2,000,000 page views since late 2009 (thanks for coming back all of you!), it has been a fairly quiet year at this blog,* if not at its Twitter feed and Facebook page, both of which generally boast fast-flowing, usually daily content. But let's round the year off, nonetheless, with a characteristically large collection of links to lots of just (in the nick of time) published Fall 2014 issues of some brilliant online and open access film and moving image studies journals, as well as a bunch of other online delights. Just feast your festive eyes on all the below riches!

And also check out the videographic jewel at the top of this entry too - FSFF's latest audiovisual essay on the tear-jerking ending(s) of Stella Dallas. 2014 has been a golden year for the scholarly video, for sure. A clear highlight in that emergent film studies idiom has been the creation and successful launch of [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Images Studies, which FSFF's author co-founded and co-edits with Christian Keathley and Drew Morton. Four issues have been published, with the most recent one appearing last week - linked to below - and there's lots more great peer reviewed content lining itself up for 2015. And the audiovisual essay also now boasts its own section at NECSUS Journal, too - edited by the brilliant essayist duo Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. It's EVERYWHERE!!

If you're interested in learning more about this audiovisual film scholarly form in a classroom or presentation setting, FSFF's author will be holding video essay workshops and masterclasses at the January conference of MeCCSA in Newcastle, UK, at BIMI: Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, in London in March (that's a free to attend session!), at an event at the University of East Anglia in May, with  Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin (details soon), as well as at a National Endowment for the Humanities funded event at Middlebury College, Vermont. And those are just the events scheduled in the first half of next year!

So 2015 may be a quiet year at this blog, too........ But FSFF will try to maintain regular entries to publish alongside all its usual microblogging on open access film studies.


*One of the reasons it's been so quiet is that FSFF's author has not just been linking but also contributing rather a lot to these and other journals and online projects this year. See the long list of publications right at the foot of what follows.

[in]TRANSITION 1.4, 2014 (Issue commissioned and edited by Drew Morton)
LOLA Issue 5 has continued to roll out with the entries below published to date and others still to come:

MEDIASCAPE, Fall 2014 on ADAPTATION (in films, television, anime, computer animation, games!)

NECSUS Journal, Autumn 2014: War

Audiovisual essays: edited by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin
Special section: War
Book reviews (edited by Lavinia Brydon and Alena Strohmaier [NECS Publication Committee])
Festival reviews (edited by Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist [Film Festival Research Network])
Exhibition reviews (edited by Miriam De Rosa and Malin Wahlberg [NECS Publication Committee])

Assorted further open access linkage!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thanksgiving Round Up! On the Audiovisual Essay, Bordwellian Beneficence, FROZEN, Fincher, SNOWPIERCER, Jodorowsky, Charles Barr interview, Horror Grrls, Fan Studies, Media Industries, Animation, and SO MUCH MORE!!

An audiovisual essay by Adrian Martin. Read Martin's accompanying text at [in]Transition 1.3, 2014, where you can see the other entries in this latest issue of the new journal of videographic film and moving image studies. Also, check out the latest issue of LOLA (co-edited by Martin and Girish Shambu), which features great new essays by Joe McElhaney (on German cinema) and Lesley Stern (on the ghostliness of gesture in film), among others.

Life, travel and lots happening at the good old salaried job rather got in the way, in the last three months, of Film Studies For Free's foolish claim that it would be "right back" after its last entry. This miscalculation heralded the longest hiatus in this blog's six and half year long existence! But FSFF is BACK and (even more foolishly) claiming that December should see some further new entries! Don't believe a word of it, people, till you see them with your own eyes!

Just be thankful, then, if you're so inclined, for all the openly accessible film and moving image studies that have appeared or been located online since the last entry. Links to many of these are lovingly gathered below for your reading and viewing pleasure and for your film and media studies edification.

Two further items of interest: first, you still have time to apply to attend a free two-week long workshop on making videographic criticism at Middlebury College, Vermont, USA, in June 2015, run by Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell, with Eric Faden and Catherine Grant as guest presenters! In case you think that, while free, this will still be an expensive venture, through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, participants will receive a small stipend as well as having all travel, housing, and food expenses covered. The application deadline is Monday December 1, 2014.... So go to it! Full details here:

Finally, do be sure to tune in to In Media Res from Monday (December 1) for a weeklong discussion of Open Source Academia: "Featuring communications and media scholars from various avenues and alleyways, this multimedia discussion will take place at the In Media Res website as well as at Facebook, Twitter and beyond! Curators for this week include Catherine Grant, of Film Studies for Free, writing on "Scholarly Striptease," and Suzanne Scott, drawing on the troublesome canard of the "Fake Geek Girl" to address the possibility of the 'Fake Geek Academic.' Open Source Academia week is a collaboration between In Media Res and the students of IML 501, Seminar in Contemporary Digital Media in the Media Arts and Practices Division in The University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Follow Open Source Academia on Facebook and Twitter to enjoy custom curated web content to enrich the conversation as it unfolds."

P.S. It's not open access, sadly, but USC film and media scholar Holly Willis published a great profile of Film Studies For Free in the Fall 2014 issue of FILMMAKER Magazine. If you're a subscriber you can find it here: "Film Studies in the 21st Century":

  • NEW ISSUE! Media Industries Journal 1.2 is now out with twelve think pieces from its editorial board:
  • More podcast brilliance: the Aca Media team have published two episodes since FSFF's last entry:
    • Episode 18 (aka The Halloween episode) has lots of laughs and frights! Also: Forrest Gump and the SCMS-U conference.
    • Episode 17 features Courtney Brannon Donoghue discussing Sony's film production in Brazil. an introduction to an exciting new outlet for video essays, [in]Transition, and a discussion of baseball players who don't have a clue and a couple of British detectives who do:
  • VIEWING! From the OPEN HERE conference and festival on social, technological & cultural issues re. the digital commons:
  • ALSO! 1000 Frames of Hitchcock: See Each of Hitchcock’s 52 Films Reduced to 1,000 Artistic Frames: 
  • ALSO! Darren Tofts and Mark Amerika, joined new media philosophy journal Ctrl-Z editor Niall Lucy and film director Ken Miller to "discuss the flows and eruptions of remix culture, to reflect on its technological and intellectual pre-histories, and to consider its implications for cultural practice": (link via Adrian Martin)