Interview with Film Matters Author, Megan E. Jackson. By Rachel Wassil

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon Animation Studios, 2005-2008)

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon Animation Studios, 2005-2008)

Megan E. Jackson is a social media strategist for and will be attending NYU in the fall to start coursework for an MPA. She also runs the YouTube channel College Uncomplicated. As an undergraduate she wrote her senior thesis on gender representation in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was published in issue 4.2 of Film Matters in 2013. In the following interview, Megan discusses the beginnings of her article, gender representation, and works she has done outside the publication.

Rachel Wassil: How did you hear about Film Matters magazine? Why did you want to publish your work in it?

Megan E. Jackson: I had heard about Film Matters during my sophomore year of undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin. My instructor and mentor Anne Helen Petersen, who now does long-form articles for BuzzFeed, was teaching film history with a star studies twist. For one of our main papers, we had to do a case study of a celebrity who was in her/his prime before the 1980s. Naturally, I wrote my paper on the amazing Robert Redford, and after grading it, Annie suggested I submit it to Film Matters. That was the first time I had submitted a paper for possible publication, and I was excited to make it to the last round of reviews, but unfortunately it didn’t make the final cut. So when I started developing my senior thesis, which then became “(Gender)Bending in the Animated Series Avatar: The Last Airbender,” I knew I wanted to try to submit to the magazine again while I still had the chance!
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Announcing Open Call for Papers 7.3

Film Matters is officially announcing our open call for papers for consideration in issue 7.3 (2016) — the deadline is September 1, 2015.  Undergraduates and recent graduates, please submit your film-related research papers today!

For more information, please download the official document (in Word):

Submissions and questions should be directed to:

  • futurefilmscholars AT

We look forward to receiving your papers!

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FM 5.1 Is Out!

Film Matters is pleased to announce the release of FM 5.1 (2014). This issue includes the following peer-reviewed feature articles:

  • The Cabin on the Screen: Defining the “Cabin Horror” Film by Matthew Grant
  • Heavy Metal Monsters!: Rudctio ad Ridiculum and the 1980s Heavy Metal Horror Cycle by Brandon Konecny 
  • Crossing a Man-Altered Landscape: Driving and the Vehicle in the Road Movies of Jim Jarmusch by Katerina Korola
  • Exploring Archetypal Images in Roeg’s Walkabout by Ryan Larkin
  • Archetypes of the Southern Gothic: The Night of the Hunter and Killer Joe by Christina Marie Newland
  • Falling Victim to Consumer Culture: The Commodification of Bodies in “Smart” Films by Katie Jane Parkes 
  • Under the Skin: How Filmmakers Affectively Reduce the Space Between the Film and the Viewer by Joanna Scholefield 

A dossier, “Life After Film School,” with the following featurettes:

  • Life After Film School: As Told by UNCW Students and Alumni by Rika Dharmesh Bhakta
  • The “Reel” Struggle: An Argument on the Benefits of Film School and a Liberal Arts Education by Ellie Cooper 
  • Documentary Filmmaking: From Concept to Distribution by John Gelardi 
  • Global Institutions’ Approach to Film Study and Production by Kysaundra Dawn Phillips
  • Cucalorus: The Rise and Success of an Independent Film Festival Bolstered by a Zealous Community by Kailyn N. Warpole 

The next “Mapping Contemporary Cinema” installment from Queen Mary, University of London:

  • Climate Change, Capitalism, 9/11, and The Day After Tomorrow by Sophie Livesey 

A stand-alone featurette on Quentin Tarantino:

  • The Auteur Theory: Tarantino’s Blood by Robert Conley 

As well as DVD/Blu-ray and book reviews by:  Johnathan AdamsStuart Collier, Dylan Ebbs, and  Jason Zim.

For more information about this first volume 5 issue, please visit:,id=2801/

And become a Film Matters author yourself — respond to a call for papers or inquire about reviewing today!

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Last Call: Deadline for CFP 7.2 Is February 15th!

The deadline for themed call 7.2 (for issue 7.2, 2016) is February 15, 2015. This is a special issue on filmic adaptation. For more information, please see the original post:

Submissions and questions should be emailed to Greg Chan, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with the subject line “7.2 CFP” (greg.chan AT

Kwantlen Polytechnic University looks forward to hearing from you!

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Last Call: Deadline for CFP 7.1 Is February 1st!

The deadline for open call 7.1 (for issue 7.1, 2016) is February 1, 2015. Undergraduates and recent graduates, dust off those essays from last semester for consideration today! For more information, including eligibility and submission guidelines, please see the original post:

Questions and submissions should be directed to Liza: futurefilmscholars AT

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Reminder: Current CFPs for Film Matters

Happy 2015! Just a quick reminder that Film Matters has two active calls for papers:

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Annabelle (2014). Reviewed by Lydia Marley-Lawson

annabelle 1Annabelle (2014) — the highly anticipated prequel to James Wann’s The Conjuring (2013) — graced the big screen on October 3 and arguably met the high expectations set by its predecessor. The film is based on true events that occurred early in the controversial career of Ed (played by Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farmiga) as demonologists, whose most famous cases include the one chronicled in Amityville Horror (1979). The Warrens were urgently called to help two roommates, whose “Annabelle” doll had been the trigger object of severe paranormal activity in their home, causing disturbances from knocking at the door to defacing the house.
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Call for Book Reviews

Film Matters is seeking current undergraduate students to review some recent academic titles for us.  The available books are listed below:

  • Beyond the Looking Glass: Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood, by Ana Salzberg (Berghahn Books). — TAKEN
  • Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film, Photographs by Matt Lankes (University of Texas Press). — TAKEN
  • The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Texas Press). — TAKEN
  • Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema, by Guy Westwell (Wallflower Press). — TAKEN
  • The Philosophy of Michael Mann, edited by Steven Sanders, Aeon J. Skoble, and R. Barton Palmer (University Press of Kentucky). — TAKEN
  • Terence Davies, by Michael Koresky (University of Illinois Press). — TAKEN

Students interested in this opportunity should send a statement of interest (taking care to indicate any relevant qualifications for reviewing a specific title, like past course work, etc.) to:  futurefilmscholars AT

Priority will be given to emails received before January 15, 2015.

Students who are selected for this opportunity will receive a review copy of the book, which they can keep with our (and the publisher’s) compliments in exchange for the written review. This is an excellent way to build experience and CVs!

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FM 4.4 Is Out!

Film Matters is pleased to announce the release of FM 4.4 (2013) — a special issue on 1960s cinema guest edited by Christopher Sieving and his students from the University of Georgia. This issue includes the following feature articles:

  • Walking the Tightrope with Dylan: Cultural Performance in Dont Look Back by Sam Hagerman 
  • Metzger’s Women: Gender Representations and Visual Abstraction in ‘60s Sexploitation by Matthew Jones 
  • Midnights at the Charles: Exhibiting Underground Cinema in the Age of the Art-House by Daniel LoPilato
  • Reading Myth in Sweetback: Middling Strategies Between the Ideal and the Exploitative by Chris Lott
  • Defining Warhol: An Interview with J. J. Murphy, Avant-Garde Filmmaker and Author by Sara Porch
  • “She Doesn’t Speak English, Does She?”: Displaced Female Protagonists in Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion by Grafton Tanner

Reviews of sixties cinema by: Adam Carlson, Dafna Kaufman, Meredith McKay, and Molly Beth Roland.

These featurettes:

  • Alfred Hitchcock and Beyond: An Interview with Film Scholar Dr. Richard Allen by Steven T. Gamble 
  • The Iconic Wurlitzer: Transforming Early Film Exhibition by Morgan A. Grogg 

As well as film, DVD, and book reviews by: William RepassJaime Carlos MenjivarIvy BurridgeLaura CasteelStephen GlawsonStephen MurphyLevi Vasquez, and Jen Withrow.

It’s a great issue with a great cover!  For more information about it, please visit:,id=2762/

And become a Film Matters author yourself — think about submitting to one of of current CFPs:

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CFP 7.2 (2016): Theoretical Perspectives on Filmic Adaptation

Film Matters is excited to announce a new call for papers for issue 7.2 (2016) — on the theme of filmic adapatation — guest edited by Greg Chan and students (Kwantlen Polytechnic University).

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2015 — so please consider submitting papers related to this theme today! The guest editors are also actively seeking book reviews on this same topic; interested reviewers should contact them to propose a book to review or to obtain a list of suggested titles.

For more information about this call, please download the official document (in Word):

Submissions and questions should be emailed to Greg Chan, with the subject line “7.2 CFP” at:

  • greg.chan AT

We look forward to receiving your papers!

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