Pedagogy 24x Per Second: Film and Media in the Classroom

The Graduate Film Studies Group, with support from FLEX and the University of Florida, will be hosting a conference on teaching film later this month, Feb 26th – Feb 28th.

Our Keynote schedule is as follows:

Come back soon for a complete schedule of panels, workshops, and roundtables!

UF at SCMS 2013

SCMSBelow is a schedule of all UF graduate students presenting at this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Chicago, IL March 6-10th:

Elizabeth Dixon, “A Woman’s Work: The Female Spy in Postwar Hitchcock”
Panel A13: Film and the Representation of Women

Michael Joshua Rowin, “The Cinema of Duplicitous Self‑Reflexivity”
Panel A14: Looking Outward, Looking In: Reflexivity, Influence, Psychology, and Authorship

Allison Rittmayer, “Chris Marker and the Cinémathèque of History”
Panel D9: Media Afterlives, Appropriations, and Flows

Marina Hassapopoulou, “Collaborative Ethos and Individualism in Interactive Film Authorship”
Panel O24: New Paradigms in Audiovisual Authorship

Conference Update

The conference is quickly approaching. We will be able to play video, audio, DVDs, and PowerPoint presentations from the A/V equipment in the room. If you must present from a Mac, please bring it with you, along with the necessary connection cables.

We have set up an online message board at (the site requires a quick sign up). Please use the message board to post about room or ride sharing. The nearest airport to the University of Florida is the Gainesville Regional Airport.  We have a block of rooms reserved at the Universityof Florida’s Reitz Union Hotel at a discount rate under the group code FILM13.  You can make reservations online at or contact the hotel at (352) 392-2151.  Other lodging options in Gainesville can be found at

We are currently working on the conference program. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any restrictions due to travel, and we will try to accommodate them.

First Meeting of 2012-2013!

This Friday, 08/31, the Graduate Film Studies Group will hold its first meeting of the year.  Anyone who’s interested in film is welcome, and we especially encourage new grad students to come out and meet us!  In addition to general socializing, we will discuss elections, the coming conference “Film and Philosophy: BODIES,” and other plans for the group this year.  Some snacks and drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring something along.

Date: 08/31
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Allison’s Apartment (email for directions)


Below is a schedule of all UF graduate students and faculty presenting at this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Boston, MA March 21-25th.

Wednesday March 21


Melissa Molloy (Chair) “Sex, Brutality, and Childhood in Films of the Argentine Countryside”
Gerardo Muñoz (Co-chair) “Violence as Potentiality: The Case of Aristarain’s Tiempo de Revancha
Panel: Violence in Contemporary Latin-American Cinema
Room C2

Thursday March 22


Scott Nygren (Chair) “Animals, Communists, and Caves: Benjaminian Time in Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)”
Panel: Aesthetics and Politics
Room F12

Melanie Brunnell (Chair) “Paradise Lost, Hope Regained: The Tramp’s Final Journey in Modern Times
Wylie Lenz (Co-chair) “Cinematic Solutions to Economic Crisis”
Panel: Depictions of Poverty in American Cinema
Room F15


Ying Xiao (Chair) “From Body Crossing to Border Crossing: Refiguring Gender, Genre, and Transnational Imaginary in Postwar Chinese Cinema”
Panel: Cold War Politics and East Asian Cinema Reconsidered
Room G11


Kevin Sherman (Chair) “Dennis Tupicoff’s Chainsaw and the Politics of Location”
Todd Jurgess “Texture as Gesture in His Mother’s Voice
Panel: The Paradoxes of Truth and Evidence: The Work of Dennis Tupicoff
Room H11

Maureen Turim “Designs of Spaces One Survives with Difficulty”
Panel: Cinema, Architecture, Space
Room H21


Lauren Glenn (Chair) “‘You Know You Can Shoot People Here’: American Cinematic Identity in Post-9/11 Combat Films”
Panel: Cinematic Identity Formation: The Ethics of Representation in Historical Fiction Films
Room I13

Craig Cieslikowski (Participant)
Workshop: Video Essays: Film Scholarship’s Emergent Form
Room I25

Friday March 23


Allison Rittmayer (Chair) “The Unseen and the Unseeable: Using Ellipsis to Represent Torture”
Panel: Historical Fiction Film: Questions of Form and Ethics
Room K17

Saturday March 24


Emily Murphy (Chair) “The Politics of Play in John and Faith Hubley’s Windy Day
Panel: Experimental Animation
Room M16


Barbara MennelPotiche: Camp and Reproductive Labor”
Panel: The Ethics of Labor in Contemporary Cinema: Working Bodies and Gendered Affects
Room N13


Mark Reid (Respondent)
Panel: Beyond Blaxploitation, 1970–1975
Room P15


Tamar Ditzian “Transgender’s Transgressions Undone in Hedwig and Rocky Horror: Reviewing Queerness in the Glam Rock Musical”
Panel: Sing-a-longs and Dance-a-thons Re-visioning the Contemporary Musical on Film and Television
Room Q2

Sunday March 25


Mark Reid “Many Rivers to Cross with Christian and Muslim Flows”
Panel: The Trouble with Britishness
Room R7

Marina Hassapopoulou “Interactive Cinema: Expanding and Updating Film Theory”
Panel: Expanded Cinema in Four Dimensions: Origins, Senses, Interactivity, Publicness
Room R25


Anthony Coman “Nev’s Dilemma, or the Coming Community of Catfish
Panel: Communities/Masses/Networks
Room S8

Craig Cieslikowski “Writing Sounds: Cinematic Writing and Cinephilia”
Panel: “A Cinema Haunted by Writing”
Room S10

Early Revolutionary Cuban Film Conference

The Graduate Film Studies Group is proud to co-sponsor the conference on Early Revolutionary Cuban Film 1961-1968: Ideology, Aesthetics, Censorship An Homage to Fausto Canel.

Press Release: The event Early Revolutionary Cuban Film 1961-1968: An Homage to Fausto Canel, made possible by the Graduate Film Studies Group, the Center for Latin American Studies and organized by Gerardo Munoz, will take place November 10, 2011. The event will consist of a panel discussion with prominent critics of Cuban culture and film around the legacies and histories of early 1960s revolutionary Cuban film, taking as the starting point the “P.M. affair”. The event will include a screening of Cuban filmmaker Fausto Canel’s important film, Desarraigo (1964). Fausto Canel, to whom the event is dedicated, was a leading a film critic of the important cultural supplement Lunes de Revolucion, headed by prominent Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante, as well as a pioneer in the early years of the Cuban Film Industry. He directed documentaries that include Carnaval (1960), Hemingway (1962), and later the features Desarraigo (1964) and Papeles son papeles (1966). The event is honored to have Fausto Canel present during both sessions of the event. The panel discussion and talk by Fausto Canel to take place in Pugh Hall room 210 beginning at 9:35 am; the screening of Desarraigo (1964) will be presented by Prof. Lillian Guerra in Matherly Hall room 18 at 6:00 pm.

Notes from the First Meeting

Our first meeting was held Saturday, September 3rd.  Members present: Allison Rittmayer (President), Todd Jurgess (Treasurer),Beth Dixon, Peter Gitto, Missy Molloy, Dan Norford, Heather Peterson, Michael Rowin, Kevin Sherman, and Andrew Wilson.

Items Discussed

1.  Announced co-sponsorship with GSC (Graduate Student Council) and others for a screening of the Piled Higher and Deeper movie based on the online comic strip The screening will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20th at 7:30pm in the Reitz Union Cinema.  Watch the trailer below and for more info see

2.  Members voted to support co-sponsoring the Cuban Cinema 1961-2011: Imaginaries, Politics, Censorship (Homage to Fausto Canel) conference being organized by Gerardo Munoz in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  The details of our co-sponsorship are pending receipt of our budget.  More information can be found in the conference proposal.

3.  Plans for a meet-and-greet with Film and Media Studies faculty was announced.  Date and time pending.

4.  We discussed holding two screenings per month: one held as usual (by voting on member submissions) and the second featuring films organized around a monthly theme.  We voted for having a Halloween horror/scary movie marathon.

5.  Preliminary information was given about the conference planning process, which will start with topic/theme selection from member proposals in October.