Late SCMS Panel Call: Ideas of INDEPENDENCE
As this year’s SCMS conference meets in Boston, one of the historic cities
of the American Revolution, this panel invites ideas of what now constitutes
independence in the media industries. After the celebration of American
“indies” in the 1980s and 1990s, and given the current reach of the mass
media, how can we contextualize independent companies and media-makers?
Possible topics include:
*Aesthetics that arguably constitute an independent style, and their
relationship to more conventional techniques.
*Past or present media-makers who staked out claims of independence, or
manifest ambivalence between what they consider independent and commercial
*Histories of media companies that moved from an independent to mainstream
position, visa versa, or that straddle the two.
*The openness of different media at particular periods to independent
*Uses of the term “independent” in distribution and other industry
Other lucid and creative ideas on the theme of independence are welcome.
Send a proposed title and 250-word abstract, plus a one-paragraph bio and up
to five sources by August 25 to Dr. Gabriel M. Paletz of the Prague Film
School, Czech Republic: [log in to unmask]
Dr. Gabriel M. Paletz
Documentary, Screenwriting, Film Comedy
and Film History for Filmmakers
The Prague Film School
Praha 1, 110 00
Prague, Czech Republic
Praha, Česká Republika
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