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Roundtable: Cinemas on the Periphery 4/13



20th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

Cinemas on the Periphery:
Decentering Media Geographies

April 13, 2018

Center for Faculty Excellence
Gannett 316

Ithaca College, NY

Convenor: David Turkon, Anthropology
with Matthew Holtmeier, Screen Studies; Andrew Utterson, Screen Studies

Roundtable Invited Participants

Rebecca Burditt, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Catherine Clepper, independent scholar
Beth Corzo-Duchardt, Muhlenberg College
Naminata Diabate, Cornell University
Katherine Groo, Lafayette College
Monika Mehta, Binghamton University
Lisa Patti, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Samantha Noelle Sheppard, Cornell University


Students are invited to attend 

This roundtable brings together scholars, curators, distributors, exhibitors, filmmakers, and new media artists whose work exists outside of, and charts geographies beyond, dominant industrial mappings.

By framing such cinemas as peripheral, this roundtable acknowledges the many industrial and other practices around the globe that centralize images and orient what is seen, heard, and otherwise experienced.

Rather than position the periphery as secondary, marginal, or other, this roundtable will explore the myriad potentialities and creative cartographies associated with decentered media geographies.

Moderated discussions will explore three broad prompts, each posed in close dialogue with trailers and other case studies from the films of FLEFF 2018.



3:00-3:50pm Peripheral Economies

moderated by Nicole Horsley, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity; Andrew Utterson, Screen Studies
Where exactly are the center(s) and periphery(ies) of cinema? Is the periphery a physical place or an alternate geography? Who defines such relations and via what cartographies? How is the periphery politically, economically, and industrially structured, mediated, and mapped?

4:00-4:50pm Peripheral Stories

moderated by Matthew Holtmeier, Screen Studies; David Turkon, Anthropology
Whose voices emerge outside of dominant industrial and other centers? What different stories are (or could be) told? Via what distinctive conceptual, aesthetic, narrative, and other strategies?

5:00-5:50pm Emerging Peripheries

moderated by Walter Byongsok Chon, Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies; Michael Richardson, Modern Languages and Literatures 

What audiences exist at the periphery? In circumnavigating centralized frameworks, what are the challenges and opportunities for distribution, exhibition, and audience engagement? How are new technologies shaping our understanding and experiences of cinemas on the periphery?

5:50-6:00pm Closing Comments

Sponsored by the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), the Roy H. Park School of Communications, and the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE)