The second annual international conference, Small Cinemas in Transition, brings together film scholars and students to discuss the emergences and disappearances, stabilizations and transformations, of “small cinemas” worldwide. The conference organizers understand the notion of “small cinemas” to be fluid and plural, linking discursively and politically: the cinemas of small nation-states to the “postage stamp” cinemas of mobile devices (or Edison’s nickelodeon); the cinemas of ethnic and religious minorities to the cinemas of minors and so-called “minor” cinemas; the cinemas of closed communities to the cinemas of international struggle and resistance. In short, “small cinemas” names the ongoing exigency of thinking the aesthetic, economic, ethical and political assertions of various and variable collectives under the conditions of global capitalism. And not unambiguously, “small cinemas” names one of the crucial fronts in the ongoing assertions and expositions of, and struggles for, common being and being in common.
Friday, September 16
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Conference registration; Poucher Hall, third floor
Snacks and drinks available on site (free of charge)
3:00 – 3:25 p.m. Opening remarks (133CC)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel 1: Latin Screens (133CC)
Chair: Patricia Clark, SUNY Oswego
1. Georgina Whittingham, SUNY Oswego: Autumn Flower by José María Rodríguez Mendez: the play, Pedro Oleas' s film adaptation and the protagonist's enigma
2. Beatriz Salcedo-Strumpf, SUNY Oswego: Food, Love and Pleasure in Like Water for Chocolate
Panel 1A: New Irish Cinema (114CC)
Chair: Don Masterson, SUNY Oswego
Panel organized by Don Masterson with SUNY Oswego students Allain Daigle, Amanda Dirosa, Kimberly Bezhadi.
Dinner – 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (on your own – we will have options available and will take people out by car)
7:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Film screening (Campus Center Auditorium 132)
Opening remarks: Bennet Schaber
Outbound (Bogdan George Apetri, 2010) followed by discussion session with guest filmmaker Bogdan George Apetri
Saturday, September 17
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast available on conference site (free of charge)
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Panel 2: Micro-Aesthetics (133CC)
Chair: Jacob Dodd, SUNY Oswego
1. Jose Claudio S. Castanheira, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil: The size of screens: technologies and new models of seeing and hearing.
2. Steven Wingate, South Dakota State University, SD: Learning from the Lyric Essay: Toward an Aesthetic of the Digital Micro-narrative
3. Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, University of Ann Arbor, MI: “Balkan Sobriety” Minimalism in New Romanian Cinema
Panel 2A: Form, Frame, Matter (114CC)
Chair: Jane Winslow, SUNY Oswego
1. Maria Ionita, Ryerson University, Canada: From Image to Sign: Lucian Pintilie’s Reenactment and Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective
2. Chuck Jackson, University of Houston-Downtown, TX: The Skin of the Thing: The James E. Hinton Collection at the Harvard Film Archives
10:30 – 11:00 coffee break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel 3: National Cinema, Historical Traces (133 CC)
Chair: Janina Falkowska, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
1. Constantin Pârvulescu, West University of Timisoara, Romania: The Question of Historical Agency in Romanian Films about the 1989 Events
2. Janina Falkowska, The University of Western Ontario, Canada: The generational divide - Nostalgic small cinema for the sedentary old-Poles vs. the portrayal of global capitalism in recently produced films made by young Polish film makers
3. Tito Imanda, Binus University, Jakarta: The Satet, Market, and the Role of Indonesian Cinema as Public Sphere
Panel 3A: Politics (not so small) (114CC)
Chair: Ulises Mejias, SUNY Oswego
1. Monica Filimon, Rutgers University, NJ: The Reconfiguration of Space in Claudia Llosa’s La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009)
2. Colleen Jankovic, University of Pittsburgh, PA: Palestinian Cinema’s Queer Diasporic Itineraries
3. Bennet Schaber, SUNY Oswego: Smalternatives
Lunch – 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sheldon Hall (free of charge)
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Panel 4: National Cinema Writ Small (133CC)
Chair: Christopher LaLonde, SUNY Oswego
1. Andres Laguna Tapia, Centre d'Investigacions Film-Història de la Universidad de Barcelona, Spain: Bolivian road movies, travel chronicles
2. Renata Sukaityte, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre: "Young State –Young Cinema - Young Auteurs: The Lithuanian Auteurism of the 90’s"
3. Charlie Cauchi, Malta: - Sea, Sun and Cinema: The Realities of Filmmaking in a Mediterranean Micro-State
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Panel 4A: New Romanian Cinema (133CC)
Chair: Rodica Ieta, SUNY Oswego
1. Rodica Ieta, SUNY Oswego: Romantic Socialism--before and after its collapse
2. Lenutsa Giukin, SUNY Oswego: The Other East as in Eastern Europe: Balkanism and Romanian Cinema
3. Catalina Florescu, Hudson County CC, NJ: A Journey and a Halt straight to the Center of Words
Conference banquet – 7:30 p.m. onwards
Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego.
Sunday, September 18
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast available on conference site. (free of charge)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 5: Marketing Miniaturization (133CC)
Chair: Lenuta Giukin, SUNY Oswego
1. Marla Perkins, SUNY Oswego: Cinema of One: The Discourse and Imagery of Marketing and the Rise of the Personal Cinema
2. Lisa Patti, Hobbart & William Smith College, NY: Cinephilia and Small Screens: Hulu's Criterion Collection
Closing of the conference.
Sandwiches for lunch will be brought on site (free of charge).
[Image: Still from "Outbound", by Bogdan Apetri]