• Nov. 29: CPCFSS Charity Event

    Get crafty for a great cause! Join the Communication, Popular Culture and Film Student Society (CPCFSS) this Friday in Skybar Lounge in Isaac’s for a holiday crafting charity event. All crafts will be donated to kids staying in local hospitals over the holidays and raffle proceeds will go to Crafting for a Cure (CFC).

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  • Tickets available: 19th Annual Terry O’Malley Lecture

    Tickets available here

    Learn more about this event and the Dobson Case Competition here

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  • Nov. 8 + 9: Two Days of Canada Conference

    Register here

    Two Days of Canada Organizing Committee, including (l-r) Elaine Aldridge-Low, Peter Lester, Marian Bredin, and Anthony Kinik. Not shown are Brian de Ruiter and Sarah Matheson. 

    Learn more about this event and download the conference programme here

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  • September 12: Public talk to explore #MeToo’s place in history

    In addition to captivating society and dominating news headlines, the #MeToo movement has earned its place in the history books.

    Renowned German scholar Sabine Sielke will explore how #MeToo fits into a larger cultural context during the upcoming talk “Feminism Reloaded? The Serial Debate on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, or: What’s New about #MeToo,” taking place Thursday, Sept. 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Sankey Chamber at Brock.

    Significant shifts in media culture since the 1990s, such as increased digitization, have intersected with important feminist methods, goals and conflicts. Sielke’s talk will situation the #MeToo moment within this broader context.

    Her work on sexual violence in North American literature and culture brings a unique perspective to the topic of #MeToo.

    As Director of the North American Studies program at Germany’s University of Bonn, Sielke’s research expertise spans 19th and 20th century American literature, modernist and postmodernist culture, as well as 20th century art and popular culture. She also works in literary and cultural theory, gender studies, African American studies and the dialogues between cultural studies and the natural sciences.

    The free public talk was spearheaded by the Department of English Language and Literature with support from Social Justice and Equities Studies; Social Justice Research Institute; Department of History; Centre for Canadian Studies; Department of Political Science; Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies; Department of Communications, Popular Culture and Film; Office of Human Rights and Equity; and the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization.

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  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Two Days of Canada 2019: Canadian Screens

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  • June 4-6: FSAC Annual Conference

    Communication, Popular Culture and Film professors Anthony Kinik and Christie Milliken will be traveling to the University of British Columbia for the 2019 Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) annual conference.

    They join Peter Lester, Program Chair and FSAC President who organized this year’s conference. The program includes featured speakers, roundtable discussions, screenings, lectures and panel discussions.

    June 4
    Indigenous Cinemas/Settler Cinemas panel

    • Chair: Ezra Winton
    • Anne Barnes
    • Terrance H. McDonald (Brock University) “The Possessions of Pain: Forms and Rhymes for Young Ghouls
    • Jean-Sebastien Houle

    June 5
    Industry and Ephemera panel 

    • Chair: Peter Lester (Brock University)
    • Kathryn Armstrong
    • Wendy Donnan
    • Denise Mok

    Eco-cinema and the Environment

    • Chair: Chelsea Birks
    • Mario Trono
    • Christie Milliken (Brock University) “Documenting Scale, Contemplating Magnitude in Anthropocene
    • Charlotte Dronier
    • Ilona Juronyte

    June 6
    Legacies of the NFB

    • Chair: Anthony Kinik
    • Tricia Close-Koenig
    • Mark Barber
    • Anthony Kinik (Brock University) “Denys Does Montreal: Denys Arcand’s Documentaries and the Critique of Urban Space, 1962-1972”

    Trauma and Torture in Contemporary Television

    • Chair: Terrance H. McDonald (Brock University)
    • Brett Robinson (Brock University) “Born in Blood: Trauma, Selfhood, and Dexter”
    • Mynt Marsellus
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  • May 11: Dr. Kinik Introduces Expanded Cinema Films From Expo 67 at Anthology Film Archives

    Earlier this year, Assistant Professor Anthony Kinik’s publication, The City Symphony Phenomenon: Cinema, Art, and Urban Modernity Between the Wars inspired a film series at Anthology Film Archives showcasing the city symphonies phenomenon from the 1920s-present. As close consultations with the organization’s curator wrapped, Dr. Kinik was invited to introduce four programs of films during the opening weekend of the series.

    The highlight was Andre Sauvage’s Etudes Sur Paris (1928). Until now, Kinik had only ever seen the YouTube version. Thanks to Anthology Film Archives, a leading centre for the preservation, study and exhibition of film, he was able to view the newly restored 35mm version.

    This weekend marks his return to New York City to introduce some expanded cinema films from Expo 67 at Anthology Film Archives’ “Films for the Fair: The World’s Fair & Cinema” series together with Guillaume Lafleur, Director of Programming at the Cinematheque Quebecois. Dr. Kinik contributed the essay “Celluloid City: Montreal and Multi-screen at Expo 67” to the anthology “Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67” and was part of the research team for the project, Cinema Expo 67.

    Film Notes – from Anthology Film Archives

    Expo 67 was the most moving-image-saturated Exposition of them all. While the films and installations that attracted the most attention were those that experimented, often boldly, with the possibilities of multiple-screen cinema (and are therefore included in the two multi-screen programs elsewhere in this series), Expo 67’s moving-image works ran the gamut of styles and approaches. This program features some of the single-screen highlights, including William Brind’s city-symphony-like IMPRESSIONS OF EXPO 67, two films exploring the pavilions devoted to Canada’s indigenous culture (as well as the experiences of the Inuit artists and craftspeople who participated in the Fair), John & Faith Hubley’s experimental animation URBANISSIMO, and a section of Jud Yalkut’s film METAMEDIA that was shot at the Expo.

    William Brind IMPRESSIONS OF EXPO 67 (1967, 8 min, 35mm-to-digital)
    Eva Kolcze & Phil Hoffman BY THE TIME WE GOT TO EXPO (2015, 9 min, digital)
    Marc Beaudet THE CANADIAN PAVILION, EXPO 67 (1967, 19 min, 35mm-to-digital)
    David Millar AKI’NAME (ON THE WALL) (1968, 22 min, 35mm-to-digital)
    Michel Régnier INDIAN MEMENTO (1967, 18 min, 35mm-to-digital)
    Hubs Hagen EXPOSITION (1967, 10 min, 16mm. Collection print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.)
    John & Faith Hubley URBANISSIMO (1967, 6 min, 16mm)
    Jud Yalkut EXPO ‘67 (1967, 2 min, 16mm-to-digital, silent)
    Total running time: ca. 100 min.

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  • April 8: End of Semester Party

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  • March 22: CPCFSS 24hr Film Festival

    The 24-hour Film Festival is back!

    Contestants will have 24 hours to write, direct, film and render their film. All films will be screened on Friday, March 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. in AS 215.

    Important dates
    March 20 – registration deadline
    March 21 – theme released at 8:00 a.m.
    March 22 at 8:00 a.m. – film submission due
    March 22 at 7:00 p.m. – film screening

    For information on registering your team, submission deadlines, judges and prizes, visit the CPCFSS page

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  • March 13-17: 60th Anniversary of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

    Communication, Popular Culture and Film professors Liz Clarke, Anthony Kinik and Sarah Matheson will be traveling to Seattle for the 60th anniversary of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference.

    The annual conference includes panels, seminars, roundtables and workshops on diverse topics that encompass game studies, podcasts, animation, reality TV, sports media, contemporary film and early cinema.

    On Thursday, March 14 Department Chair and Associate Professor Sarah Matheson will serve as Chair in a panel discussion on Transnational Ethnicities in Television

    • CHAIR Sarah Matheson, Brock University
    • Thais Miller, University of California, Santa Cruz – “Representations of Refuseniks and Soviet Jewish Emigration in GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”
    • Andree Lafontaine, University of Tsukuba – “The Refracted Gazes of NHK’s Home Sweet Tokyo”
    • Richard Mwakasege-Minaya, University of Michigan – “The Cuban Exile Counterpoint: Media Activism, Conservative Latinidad, and Cold War Politics (1960–1980)”
    • Sarah Matheson, Brock University – “Transnational Media Studies and ‘Invisible TV’: Canadian Programming in the U.S.”

    On Friday, March 15

    Assistant Professor Liz Clarke will take part in a panel on Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Mediating War

    • CHAIR Giuliana Muscio, University of Padova
    • Liina-Ly Roos, University of Washington – “Future Memories of Trauma in Ingmar Bergman’s Shame”
    • Nichole Strobel, University of California, Santa Barbara – “‘Chilling Absurdity and Hideous Strength’: Branded Violence in Vice Media’s ‘The Islamic State’”
    • Liz Clarke, Brock University – “Preparedness, Propaganda, and World War I in American Film”
    • Bradley Schauer, University of Arizona –  “No Grand Thesis: Strategic Ambiguity and Peter Berg’s ‘Docbuster’ Trilogy”

    and Assistant Professor Anthony Kinik will take part in a panel on Making Music Across Genres

    • CHAIR Joy Schaefer, Grand Valley State University
    • Hannah Lewis, The University of Texas at Austin – “Cinematic Expectations and the Live Television Musical”
    • Anthony Kinik, Brock University – “Minimum and Maximum Rock ’n’ Roll: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Rockumentary Form”
    • Curtis Russell, The Graduate Center, CUNY – “Cool Heads Prevail: Pop Music in the Films and TV of Edgar Wright”
    • Krin Gabbard, Columbia University – “‘God Comes Here for the Jazz, Not for the Girls’: Jazz as Religious Signifier in Preacher”

    On Sunday, March 17, Professor Kinik will take part in the Expanding and Reconsidering the City Symphony seminar.



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