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Title: (Call for Papers) Spike Frames: The Cinema of Spike Lee Conference at NYU, Fall 2009.
Location: New York
Date: 2009-02-01
Description: Spike Frames: The Cinema of Spike Lee

Contact: kmc403@nyu.edu
Announcement ID: 164585
http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=164585

The objective of this conference will be to revisit and discuss anew the remarkable achievements of Lee, as producer, director, film-maker, actor, and teacher in the context of the history of American cinema and, more specifically, within the developmental trajectory of ˜Black American Cinema,' and its complex, tangled histories and debates. The conference title "Spike Frames" was chosen to suggest the diverse ways in which the outstanding quantity and flow of Lee's films have ˜framed' or influenced American film-making from the mid-˜80s into the 21st century. We will also interrogate the ways the ˜Spike Lee phenomenon' has often directly challenged the expectations and exclusionary practices of the dominant commercial film industry. As well, we will look at the ways Lee's work has played with the seemingly contradictory ˜double bind,' of what it means, exactly, to be an ˜independent' film-maker while being a successful commercial ˜mainstream' director. Moreover, it is our aim that the conference contribute to the research, debate, and scholarship on black American cinema, while also considering it in the broader context of global filmmaking the 21st century. It is our goal that this conference will create support for the archiving and preservation of African American film through the Tisch School of the Arts Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, with every expectation that this will significantly contribute to building strong institutional structures for the study of black film-making, its debates, issues and images.

Spike Frames: The Cinema of Spike Lee is scheduled for November 12–15, 2009. The conference will consist of a series of screenings of key Spike Lee films, plenaries featuring Lee's collaborators and leading scholars/critics, and panels focusing on various themes. Panels will be comprised of a chair/moderator and three-to-four speakers, presenting papers of 30-minutes each.
<small>"Follow the grain in your own wood.” ~ Howard Thurman</small>
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