Film & History 2013 Conference
Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen

Cash and Cinema Culture:
The Finances of Exhibition, Distribution, and Preservation

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

The creation of cinema culture begins in earnest after production wraps. Distribution patterns, exhibition practices, and the ever-expanding range of settings in which audiences watch films all shape that process of creation. Downtown “movie palace” and the reserved-ticket “road shows,” drive-ins and the pursuit of the teen moviegoers in an age of television, suburban multiplexes and saturation booking, and the rise of rented and streamed video – though driven by economic imperatives – transformed the experience of movie-going and invited reflection on its social and cultural role.

This area will look at the practices, past and present, of means of moving film from producer to consumers: the role of film distributors and theater operators in connecting the two groups, the evolution of the movie theaters as spaces, and the diversity of techniques used for the promotion, distribution, and screening of major studio productions and independent films. Additionally, it will consider the preservation and promotion of motion pictures and of movie theatres, which may be seen as the final stage in the process of production and distribution: a means of allowing the cinema cultures of the past to be experienced by future generations.

These threads will be connected by a consideration of how financial concerns affect the creation and promotion of cinema culture. With this said, possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Proposals for individual papers should include a 200-word abstract and the name, affiliation, and contact email of the presenter. Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter.

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

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Please send submissions or queries to both area chairs:

Dr. Deborah Carmichael
Michigan State University

Brian Real
University of Maryland, College Park

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