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SCMS 2014 Seattle Conference News

The 2014 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. The REVISED Schedule of Meetings is here.

Go Shuttle Express

Go Shuttle Express is offering a discounted fare for SCMS 2014 attendees to/from the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.

To make reservations call 425-981-7000 or go to and mention the SCMS CONFERENCE to receive your discount.

Note: the SCMS discounted fare is good at the majority of downtown hotels (although there are a few that are not part of the GSE scheduled service rate). If you are not staying at the Sheraton Seattle and wish to receive the discounted fare, you will have to call the reservations line. Only people staying at the Sheraton Seattle can use the online portal. 

SCMS attendees who book by March 14, 2014 will be given a $25 per person/roundtrip rate. After March 14th, the rate will increase to $31 round trip. The retail rate is $36 per person round trip.

Go Shuttle Express will display a sign at the airport (at their location) with the SCMS logo so attendees will more easily locate their ride. 

Onsite Registration

Wednesday, March 19 – Sunday March 23

LOCATION: Seattle Sheraton, Greenwood, Third Floor

The SCMS conference registration office will include two service areas, one for registered conference participants and attendees 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 19 at 9 am and close at 5 pm. Hours for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 20, 21, and 22) are 8 am to 5 pm. Registration will open at 8:30 am and close at 12 Noon on Sunday, March 23.

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall is located in the Metropolitan Ballroom near the registration office in the main building on the third floor. Exhibits open Thursday, March 20, at 10:30 am. The exhibit hall hours for Friday, March 21 are 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The hours for Saturday are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Child Care at the Conference

We have continued the effort to organize a few childcare options at the 2014 SCMS Conference. Working with the Sheraton Seattle, the Seattle CVB, and a few locally owned companies, we have made arrangements with two sitter services: Best Sitters, Inc. and On Call Nanny. 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 Seattle. The forum can be found here.

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

Accessibility at the Sheraton Seattle

All sessions at the SCMS Conference are accessible to people with disabilities. The conference will span multiple floors of the hotel with ramps and ADA accessible elevators connecting all areas.More specifically, the Sheraton Seattle is wheelchair friendly. There are no restrictive steps that impede full hotel access. There is an accessible restroom in the hotel lobby,accessible hotel guestrooms and roll-in shower availability. There are well designed accessible bathrooms with extra counter space. Beds, sinks, and faucets are at a convenient height. The hotel has a full restaurant and bar, and the pool area is equipped with a lift.

The hotel is spacious and events may be rather far apart for some with mobility issues. Please email Leslie McKenzie before the conference if you have concerns or need special assistance of any kind during the week of the conference.

The Society for Cinema & Media Studies is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.

Scheduling Events at the Sheraton Seattle

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

Orientation for New Members

Thursday, March 20, 11 am – 12:45 pm
LOCATION: Seattle Sheraton, Cirrus, Pike Street Tower 35th Floor

If you are new to SCMS, please plan to attend this orientation and networking session for new members. You will learn more about the Society, about navigating the conference, the journal, the website, and other benefits of membership. You can also meet the Board of Directors and speak with representatives from Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups. Refreshments will be provided.

Wireless and Social Media

Wireless internet will be available in all meeting space at SCMS 2014 (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 Sheraton Seattle and specified that you are part of the SCMS annual conference.

If you are staying at the Sheraton Seattle, would like complimentary guestroom internet while at the conference, but did not book under the room block, you should call the hotel and have your reservation linked to the SCMS block before you arrive.

Follow us on Twitter (@SCMStudies) and use #SCMS14 to post about your own experiences during the conference.

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Also, check out for rotating online content, including videos and blog posts, throughout the conference.

The Official SCMS Visitor’s Guide to Seattle

Compiled by the SCMS Host Committee, a guide to dining, sites to see, life’s necessities, and getting around Seattle is included in the Conference Program, pp. 19-29. You can also download it here.

Conference Highlights


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Race & Media in Post-racial/Post-Trayvon America

A roundtable discussion

LOCATION: Sheraton Seattle

In the weeks of fallout after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, communities of color and allies ran to social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to discuss, to mourn, and to rage against the injustice. Adding to that sense of dis-ease was the wide release of Fruitvale Station, the film about the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, another young Black male who lost his life in a racially charged shooting. As scholars of color, we knew that it would not just be enough to reblog, retweet, and share news stories and editorials; we knew that when our Fall semesters began we would be moved to discuss the nexus of issues related to race, representation, and racism as it relates to Zimmerman, Martin, and Grant in our classrooms. But we also realize that it cannot be just us who are bringing these conversations to bear. This begs the question: How will these conversations around living in a supposed "Post-racial” and definitive "Post-Trayvon” era become part of the teaching narrative in the same ways we are and/or should be talking about race as well as class, gender, and sexuality in the classroom?

This two-act event begins with a keynote speaker, Mark Anthony Neal, Cultural Critic and Professor of Black Popular Culture at Duke University. The second act builds upon Neal’s talk, as the media scholars who participated in Cinema Journal’s Aca-Media podcast on the Zimmerman verdict—Bambi Haggins (Arizona State University), Miriam Petty (Northwestern University) and Kristen Warner (University of Alabama) as well as Anna Everett (University of California, Santa Barbara)—participate in a roundtable discussion and grapple with the question of how to bring these narratives into our classrooms and lecture halls. After the roundtable, the conversation will be opened to audience.

Sponsored by African/African American Caucus and supported by SCMS.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Archival Activism: Reclaiming and Remixing the Battle of Seattle

A screening event of archival and found footage on the 15th anniversary of the WTO demonstrations

LOCATION: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.

This special opening night event commemorates the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests, the infamous "Battle of Seattle.” The event features a talk by Jill Freidberg, director of the award-winning documentary This is What Democracy Looks Like, as well as a screening and discussion of selected entries to the Archival Activism video remix competition.

Jill Freidberg has been producing, directing, and editing documentary films, activist media, and community radio for 18 years. A founding member of the Seattle Independent Media Center and global Indymedia network, she helped coordinate the IMC’s alternative video coverage of the 1999 WTO protests.

Freidberg will discuss her work with the Independent Media Center around the WTO protests, her experience coordinating the archive engendered by that effort, and her subsequent work with activist media collectives in southern Mexico. She will show short clips from the two films, This is What Democracy Looks Like and Un poquito de tanta verdad, both of which were created from activist video collaborations that resulted in sizeable archives.

Freidberg’s talk will provide context for the remix video competition and the screening of select entries that follows. The remix competition invited participants to use archival footage in order to explore a contemporary political issue through the lens of the "Battle of Seattle” and—in the process—contemplate this historical event’s uniqueness and legacy in political actions such as the Occupy movement and Arab Spring. Participants were also encouraged to consider the "Battle of Seattle” as a generative event for radical media producers all over the globe.

The audience will be invited to participate in a rousing discussion about issues raised by the main themes of the evening. While we anticipate the conversation will be wide-ranging, mindful of the themes mentioned above, additional topics will include the aesthetics and practice of remix videos, urban history, policing in Seattle, and the history of Indymedia.

Sponsored by the Documentary Studies and the Media Literacy + Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Groups and supported by SCMS.



Thursday, March 20, 2014
11:00 am – 12:45 pm
Orientation for New Members & Networking Session

LOCATION: Sheraton Seattle

If you are new to SCMS, please plan to attend this orientation and networking session for new members. You will learn more about the Society, the conference, the journal, the website, and other benefits of membership.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Paramount Theatre: Book Release Party

LOCATION: 911 Pine St.

These are the only two hours during the conference that attendees can access the historic Paramount Theatre, built in 1928, boasting close to 3,000 seats and showing silent-era films to this day! Located three blocks from the Sheraton. Indiana University Press celebrates the release of Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space and toasts the acquisition of Film History. Silent Cinema Cultures will kick off their first year as a SIG with an informal meet-and-greet in the lobby, 1:30-2:15 pm. Tours of the theatre and the "historic theatre library” available to all. Wine and cheese will be served, compliments of the sponsors.

Admission is free with conference badge.

Co-sponsored by Indiana University Press in conjunction with Seattle Theatre Group and the Silent Cinema Cultures SIG.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:00 — 9:15 pm
Return to the Land of the Head Hunters

A Screening and Roundtable Discussion of In the Land of the Head Hunters
(1914, dir. Edward S. Curtis, with the Kwakwaka’wakw of British Columbia)

LOCATION: The Burke Museum, on the University of Washington campus at the corner of 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St.

Join us for a centennial screening and discussion of Edward Curtis’s silent feature film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, made collaboratively with the Kwakwaka’wakw of British Columbia. An epic melodrama of indigenous love and war on the Northwest Coast, the film premiered in 1914 in Seattle (at the historic Moore Theatre) and in New York. It was recently entirely reconstructed, and now features its original intertitles, color-tinting and toning, and long-lost scenes rediscovered at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The film is notable for having what is believed to be the earliest extant original orchestral score, promoted at the time as being "native music symphonized,” performed for the new Blu-ray and DVD release by the Turning Point Ensemble of Vancouver, BC. The discussion to follow the screening will be led by Brad Evans, one of the co-producers of the restoration, with film historians Catherine Russell and Fatimah Tobing Rony, who have both written on the 1973 release of the film (In the Land of the War Canoes) Kwakwaka’wakw filmmaker, Barbara Cranmer, and Bill Holm, Professor and Curator Emeritus at the Burke Museum. Refreshments will follow.

Cost: Free to SCMS conference members and open to the public. Seating is limited. The Burke Museum welcomes all SCMS members to attend. Please RSVP to reserve a seat at On March 13, remaining tickets will be open to the public.

Sponsored by the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum and University of Washington Press

Thursday, March 20, 2014
9:00 pm

Pacific Wonders: Nontheatrical Films from the Northwest

LOCATION: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.

Before Gus Van Sant, Kelly Reichardt, and David Lynch made the Pacific Northwest known for hustlers, dreamers, and weirdos, thousands of amateur and professional filmmakers filmed their own visions of the region. Made to be shown in homes, workplaces, schools, and institutions, these films collectively represent a visual history of the region. This program features films on architecture, design, and the environment in the Pacific Northwest. Titles include Comin’ Home Baby, a city symphony made in Seattle in 1968, and In Partnership with Time, a 1981 documentary on the historic preservation movement produced by the Tacoma-based educational filmmakers Ruth and Louis Kirk. Films courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society and the University of Washington.

Cost: Free to the first 50 SCMS members with conference name badge; Others $11/adults; $6.00/members; $8.00/children under 12, students with valid photo student ID, and seniors over 60 (babies under 1 year are free). Seating will begin at 8:30 pm.

Sponsored by Nontheatrical Film & Media, Urban Studies, Silent Cinema Cultures, and Media & Environment Scholarly Interest Groups

Thursday, March 20, 2014
"Taste of Seattle”

Multiple Venues and Activities for Members to Sample

LOCATION: Various Locations

Experience Music Project Museum
Lower Queen Anne (near the Space Needle)
325 5th Ave. N.
10:00 am — 5:00 pm daily

Scarecrow Video
University District
5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Sun.—Thu. 11:00 am — 10:00 pm Fri.—Sat. 11:00 am — 11:00 pm

SANCTUM new medium installation
Admission is free with conference name badge
Henry Art Gallery
University District
University of Washington
15th Ave. NE
Wed., Sat., Sun. 11:00 am — 4:00 pm Thu.— Fri. 11:00 am — 9:00 pm

Living Computer Museum
SoDo (South of Downtown, Stadium District)
2245 1st Ave. S.
Wed.—Sun. until 5:00 pm

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
Admission is free with conference name badge

1300 1st Ave.
Wed., Fri, Sat., Sun. 10:00 am — 5:00 pM
Thu. 10:00 am — 9:00 pm

Cinema Books
University District
4753 Roosevelt Way
Mon.—Sat. 10:00 am — 7:00 pm

2100 4th Ave.
Check website for schedule


Friday, March 21, 2014
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Members’ Business Meeting

LOCATION: Sheraton Seattle

All SCMS members are encouraged to attend the annual Members’ Business Meeting to learn more about SCMS and current strategic planning processes. Members will also meet the officers and Board members, and the leadership of the SCMS Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, March 21, 2014
2:15 – 4:00 pm

Workshop: In Conversation with Alan and Joyce Rudolph

LOCATION: Seattle Sheraton, Jefferson A

Alan Rudolph, director of such indie classics as Welcome to LA (1976), Choose Me (1984), and Trouble in Mind (1985), and his partner, Joyce Rudoph set photographer who’s worked on mainstream films such as Terminator and on independent productions (most of the films by Robert Altman and by Rudolph), are Seattle area residents. This workshop discussion will cover financial aspects of Rudolph’s career as a quasi-outsider to Hollywood along with details about his filmmaking process and his various film projects (realized and not). The open format will encourage interaction between the Rudolphs and audience members.

Friday, March 21, 2014
4:15 – 5:30 pm
SCMS Awards Ceremony

LOCATION: Sheraton Seattle

Friday, March 21, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
SCMS Reception

LOCATION: Sheraton Seattle

Celebrate this year’s awards recipients, outgoing SCMS Board members, and others who have served the Society this past year while catching up with old friends and meeting new acquaintances.

Friday, March 21, 2014
7:30 – 11:30 pm
Grrrls Night Out Dinner

LOCATION: FareStart Restaurant, 7th Ave. & Virginia St.

Please join us for our annual GNO 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. This year GNO is proud to host our annual dinner at FARESTART, a non-profit that has provided over five million nutritious meals to those in need and helped homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and their families create new opportunities for the future:

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available; handicap accessible; wine and beer cash‑bar to begin at 7:30; buffet‑style dinner served at 8:00 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance at .

Cost: $38/graduate students and adjuncts, $50.00/professors

Directions: Head NW on 6th Ave., right on Westlake Ave., and then right on Virginia St.

Sponsored by Women’s Caucus

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:00 pm
The Land Beyond the Rainbow

(1991, dir. Herwig Kipping, East Germany, 35mm)

LOCATION: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.

In this new director’s cut, renegade East German filmmaker Herwig Kipping set out to explore the roots of the socialist society in which he grew up. Consciousness about pressing social-political issues of GDR life, in his opinion, would not be raised through didactic socialist realist films, but by re-introducing the poetic element into film.

Kipping calls his approach "magical idealism,” emphasizing the need to elevate visuals, metaphorical elements and poetic language over conventional narrative structures and language. Only after the collapse of the GDR regime was Kipping able to realize his script for The Land Beyond the Rainbow, which takes place in the fictional town of Stalina in 1953, and depicts a place that lies "beyond the rainbow.”

Representing a radical departure from the East German cinema of the time, Kipping’s influences included Buñuel, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Hölderlin, Tarkovsky, and Rilke.

New 35mm print, introduced by author Reinhild Steingröver, University of Rochester. Followed by book signing and wine reception for Steingröver’s Last Features (Camden House). Please arrive early—limited number of complimentary tickets/seats reserved for SCMS members to be claimed with conference badge at the venue before 7:45 pm.

Co-presented by DEFA, the East German Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:00 – 11:00 pm
The Stuart Hall Project

(John Akomfrah, 2013, UK, 103 min)

LOCATION: Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Film Center/Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

The African/African American Caucus is pleased to invite members of SCMS to the Seattle Premiere of John Akomfrah’s latest film, The Stuart Hall Project (2013), revisiting the life and work of Stuart Hall, one of the major public intellectuals of the last five decades and one of the architects of the discipline of Cultural Studies.

"Stuart Hall is very important to me. I felt the time had come to reassess, on the screen, the public significance of Stuart Hall, by using, not simply the writings, but the television, film, and radio contributions he has been making for the last 50 years.... We spent six months convincing him that he needed to do something with us on the image, on the status of the image. Rather than looking outward, we felt that there was something about his own image as it unfolded that was worth investigating…. The object of the exercise was to bring the various discursive regimes of Stuart Hall’s into one epistemic space.” (John Akomfrah)

A Skype-in conversation session with film director John Akomfrah and Aboubakar Sanogo, Carleton University, will follow the screening.

This event is open to SCMS members wearing SCMS conference badges. Seating is limited to 94 and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions: short cab ride away or take the Seattle Center Monorail. Get on at Westlake Center Mall station at Fifth Ave. and Pine St. and take it to the Seattle Center station. The monorail departs approximately every 10 minutes. Adult fare is $2.25 one way, cash only. Friday hours of operation 7:30 am — 11:00 pm.

Sponsored by African/African American Caucus

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:00 pm
Screening & Browsing at Scarecrow Video

LOCATION: Scarecrow Video, 5030 Roosevelt Way NE

Scarecrow Video will host a free showing of Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector. Adjust Your Tracking is a new documentary by Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic about the subculture of video fiends who continue to hunt down and collect VHS tapes. The film features interviews with over 100 VHS collectors, video store owners, directors, producers, and more from across the country. Scarecrow Video is the largest video store in the world, offering more than 120,000 different titles for rent. The store features an immense selection of both mainstream and obscure movies, a number of which are not available anywhere else. The screening room seats 35 so come early to grab a place, browse through the world renowned collection and enjoy a beer, coffee or other refreshments at VHSpresso in the front of the store. Join us for this special evening and experience Scarecrow Video—found only in Seattle!

Programmed by Scarecrow Video and Daniel Herbert


Saturday, March 22, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Harry Smith’s "Early Abstractions” and the Animation of Bodily Rhythms

LOCATION: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.

A film program inspired by the early animated films of Harry Smith, an artist and ethnomusicologist born in the Pacific Northwest. The program puts Smith’s pioneering Early Abstractions in conversation with some of his contemporaries and current film artists, who explore the rhythmic and somatic dimensions of animated movement. The program includes rarely screened 16mm film prints, original live accompaniment led by Lori Goldston, and a live performance by Seattle-based filmmaker and musician Eric Ostrowski. Special introduction by Chuck Kleinhans, Northwestern University professor emeritus and co-editor of Jump Cut media journal.

Harry Smith, Early Abstractions (1946–1952), with live accompaniment by Lori Goldston

Storm de Hirsch, Peyote Queen (1965)

Len Lye, Color Cry (1952)

Eric Ostrowski, Sidewalkography (2004), with live accompaniment by Eric Ostrowski and Garek Druss

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Fugitive L(i)ght (2005)

Hy Hirsh, Eneri (1953)

Jud Yalkut, Us Down by the Riverside (1966)

Jodie Mack, Glistening Thrills (2013)

Harry Smith, Film Number 15: Untitled Seminole Patchwork Film, (c. 1965-66)

Please arrive early—limited number of complimentary tickets/seats reserved for SCMS members, to be claimed with conference badge at the venue before 7:30 pm.

Sponsored by the Northwest Film Forum and the Animated Media, CinemArts: Film & Art History, and Experimental Film & Media Scholarly Interest Groups.


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