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February 2002, Week 3


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Call for Papers:   ?Re-Examining the Newsreel?

Journal of Film History, Theory, Criticism and Practice

For a half century, newsreel footage was produced in massive quantity
and exhibited incessantly around the world, covering a broad range of
geography and subject matter. As the building blocks of historical
documentaries, compilation films, and TV news programming, newsfilm
recorded from the 1910s through the 1960s also constitutes an important
element of contemporary nonfiction film and television.  Therefore, the
critical and historical literature devoted to newsreel is due for
expansion and reconsideration.

This issue of WIDE ANGLE re-examines the history and status of the
millions of feet of newsfilm housed in archives around the world.  We
seek essays that address the institutional and historical contexts in
which newsreel footage was created.  How have newsreels represented
history and historical events?   How is the material found in newsfilm
archives to be scrutinized as it is re-appropriated in contemporary
documentary and other works of cinema and media?

This WIDE ANGLE issue also aims to synthesize historical and archival
research with a critical studies approach.  Manuscripts might address:
specific production companies, national case studies, methods and
contexts of production/distribution, the exhibition and reception of
newsreels, ideological critiques and interpretations of both original
newsreels and films that use news footage in alternate ways.
In addition to full-length manuscripts (ca. 5,000 ? 10,000 words),
publishable reference materials (bibliographies, filmographies, archival
guides, etc.) are also welcome.

By July 1, 2002, please send manuscripts to be considered for
publication to

Prof. Dan Streible
Dept. of Art  (Film Studies)
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208

Inquiries welcomed:
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(803) 777-9158  tele
(803) 777-0535  fax

WIDE ANGLE presents some of today?s foremost scholarship in film studies
and examines a variety of topics ranging from international cinema to
the history and aesthetics of film. Each issue concentrates on a single
topic and offers extensively illustrated articles, interviews with
prominent filmmakers, and reviews of recent books in the field. The
journal?s unique thematic approach is well suited to course work,
facilitating assigned reading and classroom discussion on particular
film subjects.   Readers include: scholars and students of film studies,
film department chairpersons, literary critics, bookstores, and film and
video producers.

WIDE ANGLE's policy is to encourage the publication of quality
scholarship employing diverse methodologies and espousing different
points of view.   We invite articles and commentaries from all film and
television scholars and professionals.  We also welcome translations of
articles related to each issue's theme and reviews of current books on
film and television.

Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: