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The Digital Cinema Conference at MIT
November 3-5, 2000


The Digital Cinema Conference at MIT on November 3-5 will bring together
filmmakers, critics, and media-industry leaders to explore the nature of
digital cinema and its likely impact on contemporary media culture.
Filmmakers have begun to explore the implications of new digital
technologies that enable them to produce low-cost movies and distribute
them on the Internet, and their work is creating new genres of
entertainment and documentary, and enlarging the potential audience for
works made outside the mainstream entertainment industry.
The conference will explore these phenomena through a combination of
screenings of significant works of digital cinema with provocative panel
discussions with filmmakers,academic and journalistic critics, and
representatives from such companies as ALWAYSi, iCAST, Urbanentertainment
and Atom Films. Among the works to be screened and discussed at the
conference are Kevin Rubios TROOPS, Evan Mathers Quentin Tarantino's Star
Wars, Vilma Gregoropouloss Could Be Worse!, Marc Forsters Everything Put
Together, Jason Wishnows Tattooine or Bust, Hans Uhrigs Synchronicity and
This Is What Democracy Looks Like by the Boston-based Big Noise film collective
Panels will specifically address the political consequences of broadening
media access, the shifting status of amateur filmmaking, the aesthetics of
this emerging media form, the economics of digital film production and
distribution,the historical antecedents of contemporary digital cinema, and
the ways digital cinema may shape future developments in our media environment.
The Digital Cinema Conference at MIT kicks off on Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 pm
with a festival of digital films assembled by graduate students of MITs
Comparative Media Studies program and a screening of Marc Forsters
feature-length Everything Put Together. Following a full day of panel
discussions on Saturday, Nov. 4., the conference features the opening night
of the ALWAYSi Throwback Film Festival, which celebrates independent films
from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The film festival will continue online
until Dec. 3. The Digital Cinema Conference at MIT wraps up Sunday, Nov. 5,
with a second festival of digital films.
The Digital Cinema Conference at MIT is free and open to the public.
A full conference agenda, detailed information on panelists and films, and
an online registration form can be found at
http://media-in-transition.mit.edu/digcinema.
Please feel free to contact Conference Director Henry Jenkins of MITs
Comparative Media Studies program at 617.253.3068 or at [log in to unmask]
The Digital Cinema Conference at MIT is organized and presented by MITs
Program in Comparative Media Studies and the MIT Communications Forum, and
sponsored by ALWAYSi.

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