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February 2012 News Brief


1) Election Reminder

2) 2012 Conference Updates

a) New Member Orientations

b) New England Archive Showcases

c) Key Meetings and Events

1) Election Reminder

The 2012 Election is underway and ends Monday, February 13, 2012at 5:00 pm (CST).

The election is for the Secretary, two Executive Council members, and two SCMS Bylaws alterations.

Click here to vote:

2) 2012 Conference Updates

The 2012 SCMS conference in Boston will be largest in the organization’s history with over 1600 participants--surpassing the number of attendees at the 50th anniversary conference in Los Angeles.

a) New Member Orientations

Boston Park Plaza, Statler (second level)

Thursday March 22, 11 am - 12:45 pm, and Friday March 23, 2:15 to 4 pm

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

To foster a spirit of welcoming collegiality to those coming to the conference for the first time, we established New Member Orientations last year in New Orleans. These sessions are designed to help those new to SCMS to navigate the conference, to get to know the players in the organization (the officers, the Board of Directors, representatives from Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups), and to extol the benefits and virtues of being an active member of SCMS. This year's orientation will also include representatives from the conference host committee, who can provide an insider's guide to the city of Boston. We encourage all new members to attend. We would also ask that all those who have colleagues and/or graduate students who are attending their first SCMS encourage them to come to the New Member Orientation.

b) New England Archive Showcases

Bright Family Screening Room, Emerson College’s Paramount Center

Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at various times

New England is home to several significant moving image archives. We are pleased to present a showcase of these archives for SCMS conference attendees. To this end, the 2012 conference will feature selections from the National Center for Jewish Film, WGBH Media Library and Archives, the Harvard Film Archive, and Northeast Historic Film. During each showcase representatives from the archives will be on hand to introduce a variety of clips, discuss their collections, and take questions from the audience. Drop by for an hour or stay for all of the presentations. Admission is with your SCMS conference badge.

c) Key 2012 Conference Meetings and Events

Mark your calendars! If you’ll be attending the SCMS conference in Boston, you won't want to miss these important meetings and special events.


7 – 10:30 pm

An Evening with Experimental Filmmaker Ernie Gehr

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

The Visual and Environmental Studies Department and Harvard Film Archive will host a reception for all SCMS conference participants and a screening of new works by Ernie Gehr, which will be followed by a conversation with Ernie Gehr, VES Professor and Chair David Rodowick, and HFA Director Haden Guest. The reception is open to all SCMS conference participants. The screening is free to registered conference participants with your badge, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Harvard Film Archive box office (located in the basement of the Carpenter Center) on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7 pm.


11 am - 12 noon

Members' Business Meeting

Boston Park Plaza & Towers, Statler (second level)

All SCMS members are encouraged to attend the annual Members' Business Meeting to learn more about SCMS and the Board’s strategic planning processes. Members will also meet the officers and Board members, the newly elected Secretary and Board members, and the leadership of the SCMS Caucuses and Scholarly Interest Groups.

4:15 - 5:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

Boston Park Plaza & Towers, Plaza Ballroom (second level)

Please help us to acknowledge and honor this year’s awards recipients. The Awards Ceremony will be followed by the Reception.

5:30 - 7:30 pm


Boston Park Plaza & Towers, Imperial Ballroom (second level)

8:15 – 10:30 pm

A Celebration of Women Make Movies’ 40th Anniversary

Bright Family Screening Room

Emerson College’s Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street

In celebration of Women Make Movies' 40th anniversary, ArtsEmerson screens The Heretics (2009) with award-winning New England video artist and Hampshire College Professor Joan Braderman in attendance. SCMS conference participants can obtain discounted tickets ($5) using code SCMS2012. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Theater Box Office (559 Washington Street), online at, or by calling (617) 824-8400.


8 – 10:30 pm

The Alloy Orchestra and The Last Command

Emerson College’s Paramount Theater, 559 Washington Street

SCMS and Emerson College present the Alloy Orchestra performing live musical accompaniment for Josef von Sternberg's The Last Command (1928). A portion of the house will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to SCMS conference participants with badges. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to show time, after which unclaimed SCMS-reserved seats will be offered to the public. Admission is free.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

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