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2013 Chicago Conference News

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SCMS 2013 Chicago Conference News

The 2013 Conference Program is now available online here (opens as PDF). Note: panel and workshop room assignments are not included in the online version. Attendees will need to check in at Registration to receive a printed program containing this information. For a Schedule of Events at a Glance click here.

Onsite Registration

Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10
Room: Drake, Lobby Level

The SCMS conference registration office will include two service areas, one for registered conference participants to pick up name badges and conference programs and another for individuals who have not yet registered. The onsite registration fee is $195. Students with a valid student ID pay $125. The registration office will open Wednesday, March 6 at 9 am and close at 5 pm. Hours for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 7, 8 and 9) are 8 am to 5 pm. Registration will open at 8:30 am and close at 12 Noon on Sunday, March 10. Our registration area will also serve as a gateway to the exhibit hall. Exhibits open Thursday, March 7 at 10:30 am. Hours for registration and exhibits will also be included in the conference program.

Child Care at the Conference

This year we have organized a few childcare options. Working with The Drake Hotel, we have made arrangements with two hotel-approved sitter services: American Child Care and Sitter Studio. Information, including contact numbers, rates, and rules, are available here.

In addition, we have set up a forum for parents who may wish to join forces when booking sitters, or swap childcare amongst themselves, or discuss good child-friendly options (parks, restaurants, zoo, etc.) in Chicago. The forum can be found here (you must be signed in to access the forum).

We hope that these options will help parents have a productive and enjoyable conference in Chicago.

Accessibility at The Drake Hotel

The majority of meeting space at The Drake Hotel is located on two levels - the lobby level and the mezzanine level. To access either of these levels, attendees will have to negotiate stairs. If not possible or comfortable, these areas are accessible by "back of the house" elevators. Anyone wishing to use these elevators should contact hotel security upon arrival at the hotel. Security will be able to escort guests to whatever destination is needed. Security's extension at The Drake Hotel is 4541. If you would like to make arrangements in advance of your arrival, please go ahead and contact Security at The Drake to discuss plans for your stay. You can do this by calling 1-312-787-2200 and asking for security. If you experience problems while at the hotel, please email our conference manager at <>.

Scheduling Events at The Drake

Would your group/department/university like to hold a gathering/reception at SCMS this year? There is complimentary space available at the Drake Hotel - please contact conference manager, Leslie LeMond for further information.

Orientation for New Members

Thursday, March 7, 11 am - 12:45 pm
Room: The Club International, Lobby Level

If you are new to SCMS, please plan to attend the orientation for new members. This session is designed to help those new to SCMS to navigate the conference, to get to know the Board of Directors and meet representatives from Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups. You will also learn about the benefits of being an active member of SCMS.

SCMS Social Media

Wireless internet will be available in all meeting space at SCMS 2013 (you will need to obtain the password at registration). There will also be complimentary high speed internet access in guestrooms for guests booked in the group room block. You must have booked through The Drake Hotel and specified that you are part of the SCMS Annual Conference. If you are staying at The Drake Hotel, would like complimentary guestroom internet while at the conference, but did not book under the room block, you should call The Drake and have your reservation linked to the SCMS block before you arrive.

Follow us on Twitter (@SCMStudies) and use #SCMS13 to post your own experiences during the conference. Like us on Facebook at Also check out for rotating online content, including video interviews and guest bloggers throughout the conference!

Cinema Journal's new media studies podcast, Aca-Media, is now up and running! This inaugural episode of Aca-Media includes an interview with incoming editor of Cinema Journal (and Batman scholar) Will Brooker, a discussion of the recent Flow Conference in Austin, TX (featuring a screening of the new Fox drama The Following), and report on the tribute to the late Alexander Doty held last fall in Bloomington, IN.

You can find the podcast's blog here. You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or via RSS. Links, show notes, and more information about the podcast can be found at

The Official SCMS Visitor’s Guide to Chicago

Compiled by SCMS Host Committee member Gerald R. Butters, Jr., a guide to dining, sites to see, life’s necessities, and getting around Chicago. Access it here (opens as a PDF)!

Conference Highlights

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:00 – 8:00PM
Remembering the Life & Legacy of Alexander Doty
In celebrating Alexander M. Doty’s life and work, the event features presentations from luminaries in queer media studies who will each address the particular ways in which Doty’s work influenced them professionally and personally.The event will be followed by a reception to allow those in attendance to share stories and reminisce about Doty’s life and the impact of his work.
Sponsored by SCMS and the Queer Caucus

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:00 – 9:00PM
Public Media 2.0 -A Conversation on the Future of Urban Documentary and Social Change

Gordon Quinn (Kartemquin) and Allan Siegel (Newsreel) will reflect on the past and present of urban social issue documentary. Their discussion will feature documentary shorts and excerpts from longer works produced by Kartemquin and Newsreel. Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and Michelle Citron (Columbia College Chicago) will discuss making documentary media in the urban context today and how such media might evolve in the future. Moderated by B. Ruby Rich (University of California, Santa Cruz).
The evening will conclude with a roundtable discussion and questions from the audience. The event will be open to the public. SCMS attendees should RSVP to Brendan Kredell at no later than Tuesday, March 5.
Sponsored by SCMS, the Urban Studies and Documentary Studies Scholarly Interest Groups, with additional support from the Caucus on Class and Women’s Caucus, and from the University of Chicago, Department of Cinema and Media Studies.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 – 7:00PM
Youth Film Festival—Competition
The Youth Film Festival—Competition is in collaboration with the Chicago-based Digital Youth Network.Entries will be screened at this special event.
Sponsored by the Media Literacy + Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group

Thursday, March 7, 2013
7:00 – 10:00PM
Grrrls Night Out Dinner: "GRRRLS NITE OUT" is an open, friendly event aimed at encouraging conversation and connection among all women: trans, cis, and gender queer. You don't have to be an SCMS member to attend and everyone is welcome to bring other women--friends, students, family members, partners."

Vegetarian and gluten free options available; valet parking; handicap access; buffet-style appetizers and open-bar to begin at 7:00, dinner served at8:00. Alcoholic beverages available but not included.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at; $25/grad and adjunct, $35.00/prof
Sponsored in part by the Women’s Caucus

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Remix-It-Right -Rediscoveries in the Phil Morton Archive
1972–2013, multiple countries, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion
An international roster of contemporary video and new media artists remix and reimagine works by Chicago video pioneer Phil Morton.Introduced and organized by jonCates, Founder of the Phil Morton Memorial Archive and Chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. Phil Morton (1945–2003) was an electronic visualization artist, analog computer builder, real-time video graphic performance artist, C.B. radio performer, Mobile Video Van designer and user, and videotape maker. His thirty-year"personal video databank” is available through the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive in SAIC’s Department of Film,Video, New Media, and Animation.
The first 115 SCMS attendees to present name badges at the door will be admitted. No late arrivals will be admitted after the program begins.
Presented as part of the Conversations at the Edge series at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Tickets and refreshments for SCMS members attending this event were generously underwritten by the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Chicago Symphonies -Nontheatrical Shorts from the Chicago Film Archives
(Please note: there is no elevator)
Seating is extremely limited. FOR RESERVATIONS:contact Martin Johnson (
Sponsored by the Nontheatrical Film & Media and Urban Studies Scholarly Interest Groups

Friday, March 8, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Members’ Business Meeting
Room: French, Lobby Level

Friday, March 8, 2013
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Awards Ceremony
Room: Grand Ballroom, Lobby Level

Friday, March 8, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Room: Palm Court & Foyer, Lobby Level

Friday, March 8th, 2013
7:00-9:00 PM
Defining Experimental Animation/Figuring Abstraction curated by the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 
LOCATION: Cinema Borealis, 1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL (FREE entrance to SCMS MEMBERS!)
Defining Experimental Animation is an evening of short films that have both defined and tested the boundaries of what we call "experimental animation". How does one "conduct" an animation experiment? Can experimental animation still engage with character and narrative conventions? Is animation itself an experiment with cinema? This exciting program presents 10 films that offer 10 points of entry to these questions, primarily in the context of American animation.
For this event, organized by Alla Gadassik, we are teaming up with the founders of Chicago's Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. The line-up of films covers a diverse range of methods, styles, and time periods. Films include less-screened works by well-recognized experimental animators (Oskar Fischinger, Robert Breer, Lary Cuba), but also artists who are frequently excluded from experimental animation histories (Kathy Rose, Daina Krumins, Janie Geiser, Barry Spinello).
Some films were made with paints and inks, some with wax and cotton, and some with computers. We are projecting all films on 16mm film at the fabulous Cinema Borealis.
The screening will be accompanied by introductory notes written by SCMS scholars, and there will be time after the program to mingle and have an animated conversation. Please note seating is limited, but some space will be reserved for SCMS and Animated Media SIG members.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
8:00 – 11:00PM
SCMS Screen Test -Live the Warholian Experience at a Multiple-Projection Event
Featuring "Screen Tests” of attendees shot by legendary Chicago filmmaker Judy Hoffman
Fifteen minutes of fame.Local film and video institutions will screen samples that showcase Chicago’s diverse moving image landscape, including Chicago Film Archives, Video Data Bank, Chicago Filmmakers, The Nightingale Theatre, South Side Projections, Media Burn Archive, Fire Escape Films, and more. Enjoy free food, a cash bar, a DJ, an art installation. And star in your own "screen test” as legendary Chicago filmmaker Judy Hoffman documents our "auditions” for the ages. Hoffman,Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, has worked with Jean Rouch, Albert Maysles,among many others, and was a founding member of Kartemquin Films. Are you the next Candy Darling or Joe Dallesandro? Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sponsored by University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture, Design & the Arts,University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Liberal Arts &Sciences and Northwestern University.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
With a Voice Like the Lake -New Experimental Media Work from Chicago
This screening and social gathering showcases a broad spectrum of new experimental film and media work created in Chicago over the last few years. Reflecting the electric energy and diverse community of experimental makers working with film, video, animation and new media in the city, this program provides a peek into Chicago’s vibrant media arts scene. Hosted by the Nightingale Theatre, one of Chicago’s most vital and adventurous venues for viewing new experimental work, the program will be followed by a discussion with several of the artists featured in the screening. Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Program curated by Christy LeMaster, founding director of the Nightingale Theatre and Michelle Puetz.
Sponsored by the Experimental Film & Media Scholarly Interest Group

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075