13th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium
On the Varieties of Cinematic Experience
“National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC” courtesy of Mark Neumann
Thursday, July 26 - Saturday, July 28, 2012
Wunderkino (“wonder-cinema”) are moving images that ignite our curiosity and engagement, and help us to rethink questions of creativity, complexity, rarity and the multiple uses and understandings we might find in amateur and non-commercial films.
The 2012 Northeast Historic Film (NHF) Summer Symposium revisits the idea of Wunderkino, aiming to inform and expand our understanding of amateur and non-theatrical film. In 2011, the NHF Summer Symposium focused on assembling a “cabinet of cinematic curiosities.” This year, we are featuring amazing and extraordinary studies of amateur and non-theatrical films that offer lessons about culture, heritage, history, geography, performance, and the drama and comedy of social life. This year’s theme is an effort to draw upon the wide range of approaches that scholars, artists, filmmakers, and archivists are bringing to the study and use of amateur and non-theatrical film.
The NHF Summer Symposium is a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of amateur and nontheatrical moving images. For over a decade, the Symposium has been bringing together archivists, scholars, and artists in an intimate setting for three days of viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur, and found films.
NHF is located in Bucksport, a town of 5,000 on the coast of Maine. Presenters typically have 30-45 minutes in which to deliver their paper and engage in discussion with their colleagues. The symposium is open to archivists, artists and scholars from all disciplines. Please be advised that NHF is a non-profit organization. Unfortunately, we do not have resources to fund travel and lodging for conference presenters and participants. All presenters and participants must register for the symposium.
For a review of the 2012 Symposium by Leo Goldsmith, NYU, see the AMIA journal, The Moving Image, Fall 2013.
List of Presentations for Wunderkino 2:
Destination Japan: Re-envisioning Japan in Silent Travel and Educational Films
Registration can be made online HERE.
Symposium Registration (Members) including Fri & Sat Breakfast and Lunch: $165. ♦ After Monday July 2, 2012: $190
Symposium Registration (Non-Members) including Fri & Sat Breakfast and Lunch: $200. ♦ After Monday July 2, 2012: $225
Symposium Registration (Students and Underemployed) including Fri & Sat Breakfast and Lunch: $90. ♦ After Monday July 2, 2012: $115
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Boston, MA: 227 miles
New York, NY: 441 miles
Montreal, Canada: 304 miles
Halifax, Canada: 432 miles
Toronto, Canada: 638 miles
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