It is with great sadness that Film Matters announces the death of Masoud Yazdani, chairman of Intellect – our publisher and dear friend. It’s never easy to begin referring to someone in the past tense – particularly someone so full of vigor and charm as Masoud. As we struggle to process his passing, we take comfort in reflecting on the overwhelming impact his life has had on others and, by extension, the world of publishing. Film Matters certainly wouldn’t exist today, if he hadn’t been willing to take a chance on the project. Indeed, Masoud gave voice to many people over the years – often saying that his customers were his authors, not his readers – including our undergraduate authors. These voices will chorus his consequence for years to come. Film Matters is proud to be a member of the Intellect family, proud to have known Masoud, and proud to be a part of his legacy. And we will work hard to insure that each issue of Film Matters honors Masoud’s vision and celebrates his enthusiasm for publishing.
Tim & Liza Palmer
To read more about Masoud, please visit: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/weblog/view-Post,id=67565/view/
Film Matters is seeking current undergraduate students to review some recent academic titles for us. The available books are listed below:
- 3D Cinema and Beyond edited by Dan Adler et al. (Intellect)
- The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox by Jeremi Szaniawski (Wallflower P)
- The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom: Borders, Intimacy, Terror by Bruce Bennett (Wallflower P) — TAKEN
- Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville by Jerry White (Wilfrid Laurier P) — TAKEN
- World Film Locations: Hong Kong edited by Linda Chiu-han Lai et al. (Intellect)
Students interested in this opportunity should send a writing sample and statement of interest (taking care to indicate any relevant qualifications for reviewing a specific title, like past course work, etc.) to: futurefilmscholars AT gmail.com
Priority will be given to emails received by March 1, 2014.
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!
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009) return to computer animation in this vibrant and vivid adventure which sees ordinary average Joe, Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), become a true hero in the Lego universe. Mistaken for “The Special,” a master builder who finds the “Piece of Resistance,” Emmet teams up with Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Benny (Charlie Day) and Batman (Will Arnett) to take down evil businessman and president of the Octan Corporation, Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Continue reading
Film Matters is officially announcing our open call for papers for consideration in issue 6.1 (2015) — the deadline is September 1, 2014. So 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 gmail.com
We look forward to receiving your papers!
Film Matters is always on the lookout for guest editors — film instructors, bring the Film Matters experience to your undergraduates! The editors-in-chief will mentor you through the process, sharing syllabi and assignments as needed. And the end result is a unique applied-learning experience for your students, and a hard-copy artifact to highlight your department/university and share with stakeholders and prospective students. For more information, contact Liza today: futurefilmscholars AT gmail.com
A buddy movie is a film that tells the story of a close relationship between two men, often with a light-hearted tone. In more recent years, there has been an increase in the output of buddy movies, showing the relationship between four men who have been brought together by a particular event. In American Reunion (2012), it’s a high school reunion; in Grown Ups (2010), it’s the death of a basketball coach; but in Jon Turteltaub’s Last Vegas (2013), it’s the wedding of big-shot bachelor, Billy (Michael Douglas). Continue reading
The deadline for open call 5.3 (2014) is February 1, 2014. Undergraduates, send in those fall 2013 essays for consideration today! For more information, including eligibility and submission guidelines, please see the original post:
Questions and submissions can be directed to Liza: futurefilmscholars AT gmail.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
Bilbo and company return in this epic, action-packed adventure, which sees the dwarves come up against their greatest foe, in an attempt to reclaim the lonely mountain of Erebor from Smaug the Destroyer. Continue reading
Film Matters is pleased to announce the release of issue 4.1, which includes the following peer-reviewed feature articles:
Sub-Cultural Ethnography and the Case for Dogtown and Z-Boys by Christopher G. da Canha
“Hearing” War Crimes: Affective Evocation of Violence and Political Engagement through Sound Editing in Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin Féminin (1965) and Michael Haneke’s Caché (2005) by Kevin Hatch
Emotional Engagement in Representations and the Issue of Perceptual Realism by Hanna Kubicka
Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Italian American Masculinity, and the American Dream by Christina Marie Newland
More than a Musical Mission from God: Themes of Unification in The Blues Brothers as Fleshed Out by Bollywood Masala Cinema
Fantasia and the Generic Confluence of Convention and Abstraction by Erin Nunoda
CGI: An Evolution in Cinema by Matthew D. C. Stamm
Pied Piper vs. Faun: Storybooks and Female Empowerment in The Sweet Hereafter and Pan’s Labyrinth by Amanda Stonebarger
- Der Räuber/The Robber (2010) and the Berlin School by Amy Lewis
- A Conversation with Su Friedrich by Jacob Mertens
- Is It Worth It? by Eliccia N. Edwards
- For Film Fans by Film Fans: A Look at Firstshowing.net by Joey Powell
And our first dossier on film schools and resources, which includes the following special featurettes:
UC Berkeley’s Film Studies Program by Eamon Fay
Western Carolina University’s ‘‘Motion Picture and Television Production’’ Program by Rachel C. Gentry
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts by Brooke Gibson
Not Your Average Film School: A Brief Overview of SMFA by Jonathan V. Mariano
Obligated to In-State by Lawson Sitterding
Longhorns with Lenses by Levi Vasquez
The Moving Image Archives at UNCSA by Joshua D. Zich
Not to mention some engaging reviews of recent books, films, and DVDs/Blu-rays by Jude Warne, Shane Wisniewski, Kale Hills, Brendan Boyle, and Duygu Eyrenci.
It’s a packed issue! For more information, please visit: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals../view-issue,id=2585/
And think about becoming a Film Matters author today! Submit to open call 5.3 by February 1, 2014!
The deadline for call 5.3 (2014) is fast approaching — February 1, 2014. Help us fill the last issue of the new year by submitting your film-related research papers for consideration today! More details can be found in the following document (Word):
Looking forward to hearing from you!