17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

 Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History

Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2016

CFP: April 19, 2016

The rich amateur and non-theatrical moving image history of New England will be the focus of the 2016 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium. In commemoration of the Alamo Theatre’s 100 years of cinematic exhibition and Northeast Historic Film’s 30th year as a regional moving image archive, we invite archivists, scholars and technical specialists to explore all aspects of the moving image history of New England. Proposals that utilize the NHF collections are particularly welcome.

Northeast Historic Film archives hold film and video, including local television news, amateur film, industrials, home movies, and many other genres, as well as paper documentation and ephemera, including postcards, lobby cards, camera and projector manuals.  The catalog may be searched by genre, place, subject, decade, and other search terms at http://oldfilm.org/collection/index.php

The NHF Summer Symposium is a congenial multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of amateur and nontheatrical moving images.  For over a decade and a half, the Symposium has been bringing together an expanding group of archivists, scholars, technicians, and artists in an intimate setting for three days of viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur, and found films. Presenters typically have 30-45 minutes in which to deliver their papers and engage in discussion. We do not run concurrent sessions, and participants are expected to attend all presentations and engage with colleagues in discussion of work presented over the two and a half days of the symposium.

NHF is located in Bucksport, a town of 5,000 on the coast of Maine (for more info on NHF, please visit: http://www.oldfilm.org. 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.

Please send a 250-500 word abstract outlining your paper idea and a brief cv via e-mail to: symposium@oldfilm.org. The Summer Symposium Program Committee are: Jennifer Jenkins, University of Arizona; Audrey Amidon, National Archives and Records Administration; Dino Everett, University of Southern California; Heidi Holmstrom, National Archives and Records Administration; Steve Norman, Belfast Public Library, and Devin Orgeron, North Carolina State University.  We are happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The Symposium Program Committee will begin reviewing proposals on April 19, 2016 and will finalize the program by May 10, 2016.


Contact Info:

Jennifer L. Jenkins, MLIS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Literature, Film & Archival Studies
P.O. Box 210067
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067 USA


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