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Susan Morrison <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:38:54 -0600
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CFP Cineaction issue #94   Long Form Drama/Short Subjects

“Long Form Drama” is a term coined to describe the recent shift of  
interest towards television series of high quality that many consider  
to have replaced the cinema as a locus of serious adult entertainment.  
Unfolding over multiple episodes, hours,and even years, these TV shows  
are seen to provide a content, often dark and difficult, and an  
innovative style that strain against the conventions of cinema as well  
as network television (they tend to be found on premium cable  
channels). Once considered a cultural wasteland—hence the pejorative  
nickname the ‘boob tube’ as TV came to be called in the nineteen  
sixties—television now attracts some of the best and most innovative  
writers, directors, and even actors. Additionally, we would like to  
include in this topic that body of theatrical film that unspools over  
three plus hours—a less commercially viable length once favored only  
by art film directors (and artists). Issue 94 welcomes papers that  
deal with all aspects of this phenomenon, from the general ((eg  
historical technical, industrial, artistic, etc.) to  the more  
specific ( eg in-depth analyses of shows and films that come under  
this category).

A second complementary topic is “Short Subjects”, an area of  
filmmaking rarely dealt with in critical circles. Most film writing  
and film criticism deals with feature length films, ignoring the large  
body of short films that have proliferated since the beginning of  
cinema. Culturally ignored and theatrically unfriendly, short films  
have been relegated to screenings at film festivals and art houses.  
However, the rise of the Internet as a venue for filmwatching,,and  
posting of one’s own films or favorites..has created an opening  for  
renewed interest in the subject. Again, we welcome all approaches to  
this topic.

Papers should be submitted in hard copy, mailed directly to Susan  
Morrison, the editor of this issue. Once accepted for publication, the  
paper will then be emailed as a file attachment.
The deadline for submission is June 1, 2014.  It would be appreciated  
if a brief proposal be submitted as early as possible as an indication  
of intention to submit.
A style guide is available on our website
Please address all queries and submissions to the issue’s editor:

Susan Morrison
314 Spadina Road
Toronto ON
Canada M5R 2V6
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