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When: 9/26/2013
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Placing Orphan Films Conference - Thursday, Sept. 26th
Live (streaming) event, from Bloomington

The SCMS Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group presents Placing Orphan Films, a Orphans Midwest preconference event, on Thursday, September 26th, 2013, at Indiana University Bloomington. This free conference will also be streamed live for those not in Bloomington.
Graduate students, beginning scholars, and film archivists from the Midwest and beyond will be analyzing the limits of the term orphan as a concept for addressing nontheatrical film. The wide-ranging topics being covered include the origins of scientific filmmaking, fan archiving of serial killer TV shows, locating the orphan film within the collecting institution, and how applying non-cinema studies approaches can open up new understandings orphan films.

Placing Orphan Films (a preconference event to Orphans Midwest)
Thursday, September 26, 8 – 5pm

Bloomington, Indiana location:  IMU Dogwood Room

Rest of the World location:

SCMS Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group
Graduate Student Conference

Conveners: Martin Johnson (Catholic U), Amanda Keeler (Marquette U), Caitlin McGrath (U Maryland) and Andy Uhrich (Indiana U)

9am Category Problems
Chair: Josh Malitsky (IU)
Luke Stadel (Northwestern U) Placing "Scientific” Cinema in the Pre-Nickelodeon Era
Dave Sagehorn (Northwestern U) Amateur Adjacent and Nearly Orphaned: Complications in Categorization
Ashley R. Smith (Northwestern U) Recurring Nightmares: The Shifting Ephemerality of "Exclusive” Serial Killer Interviews in America’s "Wound Culture”

10:30am Toward a Historiography of Film’s Productive Forces, via Twin Cities Archives
Chair: Martin Johnson (Catholic U)
Matt Levine (U of Minnesota) Films that Teach: Audio-Visual Education Services
Rachel Schaff (U of Minnesota) Tracing the Archival Function: Home Movies,
Amateur Films and the Institution
Anaïs Nony (U of Minnesota) Walter Breckenridge and the Educational Nature Film of the 1950s

1pm Orphan Geographies
Chair: Gregory A. Waller (IU)
Ben Strassfeld (U of Michigan) Local Orphans: Examining the Local through Detroit
Nate Brennan (NYU) Orphan Films or Prisoners of War? The Use of Captured
Enemy Motion Pictures as Evidence and Intelligence during World War II

2:30pm Future Directions
Chair: Marsha Gordon (North Carolina State U)
Ashley Blewer and Travis Wagner (U of South Carolina) Un-Caging the Orphan: What Intersectionality Can Teach Us about the Educational Role of Orphan Works
Brian Real (U of Maryland) Orphan Films and Digital Humanities: Bad Metadata as a Barrier to Good Research
Kit Hughes (U of Wisconsin - Madison) "It’s the Pictures that Got Small”: Incorporating Video into the Orphans Movement

4:00pm Closing Thoughts

Please circulate widely, as we'd love for more people to be able to participate in the conference. We're even willing to take emailed questions at the 4:15 p.m., session, which can be sent to this address:


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