Alternative Non-Fiction: Essay Films, Hybrids and Experimental Documentaries

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 9:00am
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Panel 1: Depicting Realism in Experimental Non-Fiction Film (Cobb 307) Ohad Landesman (NYU): The Impact of Digital Video Technologies on the Essay Film Tradition Ted Barron (UC-Irvine): Becoming Hybrid: Realist Representation in Post-WWII American Independent Film 11:15 – 12:45 AM: Panel 2: The Poetics of the Essay Film (Cobb 307) Christian Roy (U Sherbrooke, Quebec): Essay Film Gestures in R. Bruce Elder's Experimental Epic The Book of All the Dead David Foster (U Alberta): Between the Essayistic and the Poetic in Chris Marker's Le tombeau d'Alexandre and Un journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch Szu-Han Ho (SAIC): caesura / prosody / parenthesis: Grammatical elements in the Moving Image Essay 2:00 - 3:30 PM: Panel 3: Non-Fiction Play and Performance (Cobb 307) Elizabeth Marquis (U Toronto): The Assertion of Individual Identity Through Group Performance in Les glaneurs et la glaneuse and I, Curmudgeon Aysegul Koc (Ryerson): Playful Ethnography: A Comparative Analysis of Perfumed Nightmare (Kidlat Thimik, 1977) and Jaguar (Jean Rouch, 1967) Lisa Zaher (U of C): Paradoxes of Modernist History: Hollis Frampton's Poetic Justice 3:45 – 4:45 PM: Panel 4: Politics of the Essay Film: Paige Sarlin (Brown): Re-Framing The Mythic Violence of 1968: Chris Marker's Grin Without A Cat Marianna Martin (U of C): Lenin Will Always Live!: Dziga Vertov and the Funeral Film 5:30 - Keynote Address: "Godard and the Essay" Richard Neer, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Humanities, Art History, University of Chicago

Co-sponsored by Committee on Cinema & Media Studies, France Chicago Center, University of Chicago Student Activity Fee, The Adelyn Russell Bogert Endowment Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Mass Culture Workshop and the New Media Workshop.