Friday, November 6

9 – 10 am      Keynote Presentation: Bryce Zabel “Technocalypse Now?”

10:15 am – 12 pm

Panel #1: New Developments in Film Marketing and Distribution

Moderator: Jon Lewis, Oregon State University

  • Lyla Foggia, Foggia Public Relations, former Vice President of Publicity for TriStar Pictures
  • Kelly Neal, film distribution consultant, formerly President of Skouras Pictures, head of Universal Studios Classics
  • Mark Christiansen, Executive VP, Domestic Theatrical Distribution, Paramount Pictures
  • Gary Garfinkel, VP of Content Strategy & Acquisition, Showtime Networks

Panel #2: Making a Living in Media: What Will Change and What Will Stay the Same?

Moderator: Wesley Benson Jones, AFTRA

  • Cholee Thompson, Owner, Ryan Artists
  • Robert Blanche, Actor and President, Screen Actors’ Guild Portland Branch
  • Charlie Carlsen, Business Manager, IATSE Local 488

Panel #3: Independent Film and Other Media in the Digital Age, Part 1

Moderator: Jon Palfreman, University of Oregon

  • Tom Schatz, University of Texas Film Institute
  • Tim Holt, Perludus
  • Darren Demetre, Independent Producer
  • Diego Rimoch, Living Room Theaters

12 – 1:30 pm     Lunch Break: Pizza and Pix

ITVS_indp_voiceMunch pizza and enjoy a special screening of Arusi Persian Wedding (60 min., dir. Marjan Tehrani)

  • Set against the turbulent relationship between the U.S. and Iran, Iranian-American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani captures the struggle and excitement of her brother Alex and his bride Heather as they plan a Persian-Islamic wedding in Iran. But when Alex’s Iranian-born parents and Heather’s conservative American father meet for the first time, cultures clash and test the couple to their limits.

1:30 – 2:30 pm  Keynote Panel: Government/Film Industry Relationships in the Digital Age

Moderator: Al Stavitsky, University of Oregon

  • Vince Porter, Governor’s Office for Film and Video
  • Michael Fine, Film/TV, Portland Mayor’s Office
  • Bill Bowling, International Production Consultant

2:45 – 4 pm

Panel #4: “Write Now!: Screenwriting in the Digital Age”

  • Jackie & Bryce Zabel, Writers Guild award winners for the miniseries “Pandemic”

Panel #5: Documentary Film

Moderator: Gabriela Martinez, University of Oregon

  • Erin Donovan, A Million Movies a Minute
  • Ian McCluskey, NW Documentary Center
  • David Davis, Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Phoebe Owens, documentary film producer

Panel #6: Filmmaking in Oregon: The State of the Industry

Moderator: Vince Porter, Governor’s Office of Film and Video

  • Colin O’Neill, filmmaker
  • Todd and Jason Freeman, Polluted Pictures
  • Jacob and Arnold Pander, aka the Pander Brothers

5 pm     Reception with Northwest Film Center @ Portland Art Museum


Saturday, November 7

9 – 10 am      Keynote Presentation: Stuart Cunningham “Rates of Change: Online Distribution as Disruptive Technology in the Film Industry”

10:15 am – 12 pm

Panel #7: Defining Digital Cinema

Moderator: Kate Mondloch, University of Oregon

  • Mauro Pommer, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis – Brazil, On How to Define Cinema
  • Kristen M. Daly, Columbia University, How Cinema is Digital
  • Kevin Hagopian, Penn State University, The Death of the Death of Film: Reengineering the Digiphilic Media Narrative

Panel #8: New Influences on Film Studies and Teaching

Moderator: Kathleen Karlyn, University of Oregon

  • Sarah Projansky, University of Illinois, What Is Film Studies?: Administrative, Faculty, and Student Perspectives
  • Brenna Wardell, University of Oregon, That Something Extra: The Economic and Cultural Impact of Extras
  • Jeff Scheible, UCSB, Film without Film: Film Theory, Special Features, and Video Stores

Panel #9: Film Production & Technology Issues

Moderator: Michael Aronson, University of Oregon

  • Amanda Kirchner, University of Iowa, Composite Performances: Recognizing the Human Elements in Computer-Generated Characters
  • Deborah Tudor, Southern Illinois University, Light Bouncing: Digital Processes Illuminate the Cultural Past
  • Charles Acland, Concordia University, Patience and Patents:  The Quiet Years of James Cameron

12 – 1 pm     Lunch

1 – 3 pm

Panel #10: Bollywood and the World

Moderator: Daisuke Miyao, University of Oregon

  • Lyle Pearson, Can Bollywood Survive in a Globalized World? Slumdog Millionaire as Test Case
  • Azmat Rasul, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Bollywood Mania: Why Hollywood Majors are Producing Bollywood Movies
  • Blair Orfall, University of Oregon, Hollywood After Slumdog Millionaire

Panel #11: Cultures of the American Video Store

Moderator: Harsha Gangadharbatla, University of Oregon

  • Dan Herbert, University of Michigan, City of Quirk: Eclecticism in Boutique Video Rental Stores in the Los Angeles Area 
  • Peter Alilunas, University of Michigan, Mediating the “Back Room”: Early Video Stores and Adult Video News
  • David Lerner, University of Southern California, In Search of an Author: Video Stores and the Evolving Cult of the Auteur  

Panel #12: Hollywood in the 21st Century

Moderator: Eileen Meehan, Southern Illinois University

  • Kimberly Owczarski, University of Arizona, The Dark Knight: The Franchise as Convergence
  • Erin Hanna, University of Michigan, Rebooting Hollywood and Re-Imagining the Blockbuster
  • Jason Kelly Roberts, Northwestern University, The Digital Authentic: Film Critics and Home Video Technologies
  • Keith M. Johnston, University of East Anglia, ‘The coolest way to watch movie trailers in the world’ (Steve Jobs): Digital Technologies in Film Promotion

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Panel #13: Corporate Hollywood

Moderator: Bryan Sebok, Lewis and Clark College

  • Eileen R. Meehan, Southern Illinois University, National Amusements, Viacom, and CBS:  A New Organizational Model?
  • Alisa Perren, Georgia State University, Business as Unusual: Conglomerate-Sized Challenges for Film and Television in the Digital Arena
  • Jennifer Holt, UC Santa Barbara, It’s Not Film, It’s TV: An Industrial Identity Crisis
  • Eric Hoyt, University of Southern California, The Future of Selling the Past: Studio Libraries in the 21st Century

Panel #14: Audiences and Fans in a Digital World

Moderator: Julianne Newton, University of Oregon

  • Elissa Nelson, University of Texas, The Internet Movie Database: At the Crossroads between Production and Consumption
  • Rachel Thibault, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, The Auteurs: Taste, Gender, and Cinephilia
  • Chuck Tryon, Fayetteville State University, Channeling Cinephilia: Digital Delivery, Social Networking, and Online Movie Cultures

Panel #15: Film Texts and Filmmakers

Moderator: Bish Sen, University of Oregon

  • Stephen Rust, University of Oregon, Global Warming, Risk, and the Melodramatic Imagination: ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ (2004) and ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ (2006)
  • Carter Soles, University of Oregon, Kevin Smith as “Straight Queer” Industrial Auteur
  • Zak Roman, Penn State University, Red Eye: Technology’s Role in Controlling a Digitized Gaze in ‘Disturbia’
  • Ryan Lizardi, Penn State University, Employing Documentary Conventions and Desire in the Narrative Film

4:45 – 6 pm

Panel #16: Independent Film in the Digital Age, Part 2

Moderator: Michael Huntsberger, Linfield College 

  • Paul Torre,  Southern Illinois University Carbondale, No More ‘Stupid Money’?: Independent Film and the Crisis of Financing
  • Yannis Tzioumakis, University of Liverpool, After the “Independent”, the “Indie” and “Indiewood”: The Ever-changing Discourse(s) of Contemporary American Independent Cinema
  • Mary Erickson, University of Oregon, At the Edge: Independent Filmmakers Working at Outpost Locations
  • Thomas Schatz, University of Texas, Conglomerate Hollywood and the Fate of American Independent Film

Panel #17:  Changes in Film Distribution and Exhibition

Moderator: Kevin Hagopian, Penn State University

  • Randall Livingstone, University of Oregon, Sales vs. Rentals: A Renewed Film Conflict in the Digital World
  • Govind Shanadi, Mount Union College, 3D Technology: Artistic Creativity or Studio Marketing Ploy?
  • Stuart Hanson, De Montfort University, and Paul McDonald, University of Portsmouth, D-cinema in Britain: The UK Film Council and the Digital Screen Network
  • Brenna Wolf and Alina Padilla-Miller, University of Oregon, Documenting Uprisings: Distribution Choices of Social Movement Documentary Filmmakers in the Digital Age

Panel #18: Globalization and Film

Moderator: Gerry Sussman, Portland State University 

  • Nezih Orhon, Anadolu University, Eskisehir-Turkey, and Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou, Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki-Greece, Challenging Hollywood Hegemony: The Rise of Turkish Films
  • Jon Silver and John McDonnell, Queensland University of Technology, Hollywood Dominance: Will It Continue?
  • Doris Baltruschat, Carleton University, Global Media Ecologies and Film Production

6 – 7 pm     Keynote Presentation: Will Vinton “It’s the Art, Not the Tools”

7 pm     Closing Reception

In celebration of the new Cinema Studies major at the University of Oregon


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