On the Road: Future/Present/Past

This page provides a list of selected events that I will be or have been attending.

June 5-7: NHdocs, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, New Haven, Ct.

April 9-12: Ethnograph Film Festival with Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch (2014), Paris, France.

March 26-29: Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

March 7-14: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, offering a one-week seminar on the documentaries of Errol Morris.

February 22: 40th Anniversary Screening of Hearts and Minds (1974/75) with director Peter Davis.  Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, New Haven, Ct.

February 28: Coney Island Symposium: An Intersection of Art & Identity, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

January 29: Opening of Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

2014

Nov 7-9: Presenting at conference: Codes and Modes: The Character of Documentary Culture, Hunter College, NYC

November 1:  Robert Gardner Memorial, Harvard Film Archive

October 25th: Filming Baby Francis’s baptism in St. Louis

October 18: Gerry Williams Memorial, Dunbarton, NH

October 4-12: Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy.

September 11: Theatrical debut of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch (2014) at the West End Cinema, 2301 M Street, NW, Washington, DC.

June 13-15: International Festival of Arts & Ideas.  Programming “Family Matters: The Personal Cinema of Alan Berliner”

March 30-April 2: Orphan Film Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 19-23: Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle Washington.

February 15-22: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.  Premiering Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch (2014)

February 6-7: Tracking Specificity: the Fluctuations of Cinema.  Another Yale conference.  I am chairing one of the panels.

January 23-25: NEW WAVE EUROPE: Cinema circa 1962. A conference at Yale University.  I am one of the programmers and introduce Cleo from 5 to 7.

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2013

November 8-10: Stockholm University, to serve as opponent for for Nadi Tofighian’s dissertation defense.

Oct 5-12: Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy.

August 6: Presentation of “Nationalism, Contradiction, and Identity: Reassessing the Origins of Filipino Cinema,” University of the Philippines-Dilman (Quezon City, the Philippines).

July 31: Screening of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch and presentation of “Nationalism, Contradiction, and Identity: Reassessing the Origins of Filipino Cinema,” University of San Carlos (Cebu, the Philippines)

June 27: “Radical Documentary in the Post-WWII America: Carl Marzani & Union Films, 1946-1953,” presenting five Union Films productions, Light Industry (Brooklyn, NY).

June 14-16:Program curator of “Historical Verité: The Documentaries of Spike Lee and Sam Pollard,” International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, Ct).

March 7-10: SCMS Conference in Chicago. Presenting a paper, “The Paradise Lost Project and the Courtroom Documentary” and general smoozing.

February 25, 2013: Harvard University, Cambridge.  Showing Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch for Robb Moss’s class. 

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Nov 19-21, 2012: Oberlin College, Ohio.  Talk and Screening of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch.

Nov 9-10: Alice Guy Blache conference.  University of Maryland and National Portrait Gallery (D.C.)

October 24-27: Brigham Young University, Provo Utah. Screening of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch and talk on “Media and the Presidential Elections of 1892&1896”

October 17: Action Speaks, Providence, Rhode Island. Radio show on Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936)

October 6-13: Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone, Italy.

Oct 3: Introducing Steve Ascher with Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (Ascher-Jordan, 1995) LC 101, 63 High Street, Yale University.  @ 7 pm

Sept 25: : Introducing Elizabeth Lennard with Stein Family:The Making of Modern Art (Lennard, 2011) LC 101, 63 High Street, Yale University.  @ 7 pm

Sept 14-15: “After the Crash: European Film ca. 1929-1930,” Annual European Cinema Conference, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University.

July 11-August 1:  At Stockholm University teaching a condensed course on Audio-Visual Media and the US Presidential Elections.

June 15-17th: Paradise Regained: Truth, Documentary and the Struggle for Innocence.  I am curating this weekend of screenings and presentations at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.  Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky will be there with there Paradise Lost series.  Also Jason Baldwin. See below:

April 11-14: Orphans 8: Made to Persuade

April 4: Preview screening of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch at the Center for Media, Culture and History at NYU.

March 21-25: Society for Cinema and Media Studies.  March 24th, 11 am: On a Workshop: “A Scholarship of Audiovision: Theory/Praxis/Production in the 21st Century,” organized and chaired by Brigitta Wagner (Indiana University, Bloomington).  Here is my presentation, “Writing, Filmmaking, Scholarship: Working with Errol Morris.”  Showing Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch (March 24th, 3 pm).

Jan 26-29, 2012: Conference on  Acting in Film, Theater and Dance at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Giving a presentation on the changing performance style of Al Jolson as he moved from live theater to sound films.

Dec 9-11, 2011: Conference at University of Stockholm on documentary film: PALPABLE REALITIES: Documentary Practices from Brodsky to Morris. I showed an almost finished cut of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch, presenting a paper on Morris and hopefully talking some about the fruitful interactions between filmmaking and scholarship.

Dec 4: Conference at NYU on Chinese Documentary: GETTING THE PAST OUT LOUD: Memory Projects with Wu Wenguang.  I was in the audience.  I show a couple of Wu’s documentaries in my World Documentary course and I was excited to meet him.

Dec 2-3: Conference and Screenings at Yale University: Remnants of Utopia: European Film, ca. 1975.  Introducing two Agnes Varda films and on a panel about The Status of Feminism with colleagues Katie Trumpener and Moira Fradinger.

Nov 3-6:  Conference on The Impact of Technological Innovations on the Historiography and Theory of Cinema at the Cinémathèque Quebecoise in Montreal, Canada. My presentation: “When Did Cinema Become Cinema?: Problems in Historiography and Theory,”

Oct 1-8: at the Giorante del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy, watching films and talking cinema over Aperol Spritz.  OK it’s hard work but somebody has to do it. I mean not everyone wants to watch 12 hours of silent film a day for 8 days.

Sept 15: Presentation of An American Potter at the opening of the “Gerry Williams Retrospective,” Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH).

August 11-14:  Visible Evidence 18 at New York University, NYC.  Presented Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch.

June 17-19: with “The Iraq Experience:Four Films of Petra Epperlein and Mike Tucker” at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT. I presented a paper “The Prisoner and Other Documentaries on Abu Ghraib as well as a short documentary piece of a larger, forthcoming documentary: The Iraq Experience.

May 4-6: University of Lausanne, Switzerland).  Paper presentation: “The Stereopticon and Cinema: Media Form or Platform?”

April 7: Brooklyn College.  A work in progress screening of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch, thanks to Irina Patkanian.

March 31-April 2: 8th Seminar on the Origins and History of Cinema in Girona Spain.  My paper entitled: “”Cinema, Newspapers and the US Presidential Election of 1896.”

-“Shifting the Historical Paradigm from Film Studies to Media Studies: Audio-Visual Media in The Presidential Campaigns of 1892 and 1896,” SCMS Conference (New Orleans), 12 March 2011.

Feb 24:  Yale University, Francesco Casetti’s Seminar on “Controversial Modernity: Cinema, Industry and Society in Italian Documentaries from ENI Archives,”  I introduced “La Via del Petrolio (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1966).

Feb 16: SUNY-Purchase. A work in progress screening of Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch.

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