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Eric Schaefer <[log in to unmask]>
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Please note that the Northreast Historic Film Summer Film
Symposium dates have been changed to Friday July 30 and Saturday
July 31.  The deadline for submitting proposals remains January 4,
2004.  We regret any inconvenience.  Please direct any questions to
Karan Sheldon at Northeast Historic Film ([log in to unmask]) or Eric
Schaefer at Emerson College ([log in to unmask]).


Call for Papers
Fifth Annual
Northeast Historic Film
Summer Film Symposium

The Northeast Historic Film Summer Film Symposium is a
multi-disciplinary symposium devoted to the history, theory, and
preservation of moving images.  Entering its fifth year, the Symposium
is noted for bringing together archivists, scholars, and artists in an
intimate setting, Northeast Historic Film (NHF), located in Bucksport,
Maine.  The 2004 Symposium is planned for July 30-31.

Unlike most conferences, presenters have a full hour in which to
deliver their paper and engage in discussion with their colleagues
during the two-day event.  Typically, presentations have been 30
minutes, followed by 30 to 45 minutes of discussion.   For the first four
years, speakers have been invited to participate in the NHF Summer
Film Symposium.  This year, in addition to invited speakers, the
Symposium is issuing a call for papers on the topic:

The Moving Image as Biography

Moving images create deliberate and unintentional biographies.
Hollywood biopics (e.g., The Life of Emile Zola, Pride of the Yankees,
A Beautiful Mind, Frida) and documentary series such as A&Es
Biography and American Masters are among the popular approaches
to biographical representation. This Symposium looks in a different
direction. The relationship between biography and the moving image
is found in many kinds of noncommercial and amateur films; in some
cases we might consider how a film itself has a "biography." We are
beginning to consider how these biographies help form conceptions
of history and culture.

We invite papers and presentations from a wide range of disciplinary
perspectives and approaches that explore and help to expand our
understanding of the moving image as biography. Potential paper
topics may include but are not limited to the following:

*       The moving image as cultural biography
*       Cultural differences in the notions of privacy, family, and
*       Biopics as constructions of national identity
*       Home movies as collective or family biography
*       Uses of film and video for autobiographical works
*       Implications of new technologies in creating autobiography;
ethics and rights
*       Archival footage in film & video biographies: Why are TV
biographies so successful?
*       Finding and using personal films in public archives
*       Faux footage: Recreating "home movies" in TV documentaries
and feature films
*       Diary films, home movies and the Avant-garde

Proposals are limited to 500 words and should clearly outline the
major thesis and primary points of the presentation.  Proposals must
include descriptions of audio-visual material that will be screened
during the presentation, including the original and presentation
medium, and the approximate length of clips.  Priority is given to those
presentations that include archival clips; the presenter is responsible
for obtaining and organizing screened material. The Symposium
takes place in Northeast Historic Films Alamo Theatre, a cinema with
35mm film projectors as well as video and DVD projection. Use of
PowerPoint is discouraged.

Proposals should include a brief biographical sketch of the presenter
including affiliation, rank (if appropriate), and relevant publications,
exhibitions or curatorial work and all contact information.

Decisions will be made by March 1, 2004.
Submissions must be received by January 7, 2004,
and should be sent to
Karan Sheldon
Northeast Historic Film
PO Box 900
Bucksport, Maine 04416

Email submissions are accepted as Word attachments sent to
[log in to unmask] with this subject line:  SFF 2004 Proposal

NHF is among the leading regional moving image archives in North
America, devoted to collecting, preserving, and making accessible
moving images of northern New England.  NHF is noted for its
pioneering efforts to preserve home movies and amateur film and

For more on the archives visit, and to read about
previous Summer Film Symposia visit

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