The essay film exemplifies the circulation of ideas across all kinds of borders—not only those that mark geographic and political boundaries but also the borders associated with media, genres, and cultures. Any consideration of the aesthetics and evolution of the essay film therefore touches on the development and dissemination of ideas in general, and more broadly on the intersections among art, politics, and thought within the context of the evolution of cinema. This conference will provide students and scholars an opportunity to engage with a variety of theoretical issues and historical traditions that the essay film as a category brings together.
The conference, which began at 9am Friday, April 4th at St. Mary's Hall on the UMD campus, will feature presentations by Timothy Corrigan (University of Pennsylvania), Nora M. Alter (Temple University), & Rick Warner (UNC Chapel Hill) as well as from UMD film scholars.
On Saturday, April 5th at 2pm at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, there will be a pair of screenings and a panel discussion in conjunction with the conference: Innocence Unprotected (Dusan Makavejev, 1968) and Reminiscences of Lithuania (Jonas Mekas, 1972) will be bridged by a panel discussion by conference participants.
Co-organized by the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, The Film Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park and The National Gallery of Art.
Co-sponsored by The Graduate School, The College of Arts and Humanities, The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, The Department of Art History and Archaeology, The Department of French and Italian, The Department of Russian Studies, and The Center for East Asian Studies, University of Maryland at College Park.
As part of the Semester of the Essay Film, The UMD International Film Series presents Orson Welles's F for Fake (1973), an oft-cited example of the essay film form. Ostensibly a documentary about the art forger Elmyr de Hory, Welles investigates larger assumptions about authorship, fabrication, and expectation in an anecdotal, almost conversational, mode.
Selected and introduced by English Graduate Student Paul Cote.
As part of the Semester of the Essay Film, and in preparation for Timothy Corrigan's talk at the Filmmaker's Voice: The Essay Film and the Circulation of Ideas Symposium, The UMD International Film Series presents Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross (2011), which dramatizes characters and situations depicted in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting The Way to Calvary.
Agnès Varda | 2000 | French with English subtitles | 82 min.
Varda's documentary about gleaners, or "pickers" who hunt over refuse collecting food and objects left behind, has come to be regarded as a classic of the form. As much about Varda herself as her subjects, this film features memorably candid hand-held camerawork as it examines the circumstances of some of France's forgotten people at their work.
Selected and Introduced by French modern studies Graduate Student Cécile Ruel. A brief discussion and free pizza will follow.
Ann Hornaday will be speaking, and answering pre-submitted questions from UMD Film Studies students, moderated by French modern studies Graduate Student Cécile Ruel and Film Studies major Jillian DiNardo.
Multi-purpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall / the Language House
Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building
The Cafritz Foundation Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Room 1145, Cole Student Activities Building
November 6 to December 20, 2013 | University of Maryland Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, UMD
The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents an exhibition of works by
Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gao Xingjian. This exhibition specifically focuses on Gao’s
brush-and-ink paintings and films. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gallery will host
a reception on Dec. 4 celebrating Mr. Gao and his multifaceted artistic career.