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Eric Schaefer <[log in to unmask]>
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Eighth Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Film Symposium
Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21, 2007

Recognizing that play and recreation are integral facets of modern life, the theme of the Eighth
Annual Summer Film Symposium is “Time Out: Images of Play and Leisure.” Since the late 19th
century Maine has been known as a tourist destination for the original “rusticators,” to
tastemakers who turned Acadia into playground for the rich and famous, to working class families
seeking a week of quiet camping and fun. As Maine’s traditional economic bases in timber and
fishing have declined, the state has been transformed into “Vacationland,” and tourism is now
recognized as Maine’s largest employer. Other regions around the nation and throughout the
world have witnessed similar changes, changes that speak to the increasing importance of play
and leisure to individuals in the industrial and post-industrial era. We invite papers and
presentations that explore aspects of play and leisure as a subject of amateur and non-
commercial film. We are interested in moving images that offer us a new historical, cultural, and
critical understanding of play and leisure. By examining moving images of play and leisure made
by amateurs and for noncommercial purposes the aim of this symposium is to consider the
details, diversity and perspectives on play and leisure time. Potential paper topics might include,
but are not limited to subjects such as:

Involuntary leisure (TB sanitaria) Work in the tourism/leisure industry Home movies as leisure
Shopping as leisure Leisure in the workplace (picnics, parties) Back to the land movements
Organized recreation Fairs, carnivals and festivals The Playground Movement
Religious holidays Music, dance, painting, and drama Games (traditional and unusual)
Travel narratives Issues of leisure and class Unfilmable leisure (reading, writing)
Hunting and fishing Tourism Dept/Chambers of Commerce Films Gendered play
Scientific studies of play Travel by rail, air, automobile Marginalized leisure (nudism, drug use)

The NHF Summer Film Symposium is a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory,
and preservation of moving images. The Symposium is noted for bringing together archivists,
scholars, and artists in an intimate setting. NHF is located in Bucksport, a town of 5,000 on the
coast of Maine (for more info about NHF, visit: Presenters have a full
hour in which to deliver their paper and engage in discussion with their colleagues. Typically,
presentations are 30 minutes, including moving images, and followed by 30 minutes of
discussion. The symposium is open to archivists, artists and scholars from all disciplines.

Northeast Historic Film has become internationally recognized for its wide range of amateur,
documentary, personal and industrial films of New England’s people and those who visit from
throughout the world. NHF is the repository of over six million feet of film and holds an
international reputation as a regional archive at the forefront of collecting, preserving and
studying our moving image heritage. It houses a 125-seat cinema with 35mm, 16mm, videotape,
and DVD projection, and we are looking for presentations that include interesting moving images.
Please send 250-500 word abstracts outlining your paper ideas to the Symposium Program
Committee at the address below. We prefer e-mail submissions, but will accept any format. We are
happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The
Symposium Program Committee will begin reviewing proposals on February 1, 2007. Please send
proposals and inquiries to:

Eric Schaefer, NHF Summer Film Symposium Chair
Department of Visual and Media Arts
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 USA
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