CFP: Film and Video Production 2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

2012 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 12 – 14, 2012
Columbus, OH, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

Deadline: April 30, 2012

The Film and Video Production area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for our upcoming 2012 conference.

Perhaps more than any other art form, film is tied to available technology and much of its magic comes from the filmmakers’ ingenuity as they navigate their vision and the technological limitations they face.  Not only are filmmakers collaborating with technology, but with other members of the crew and production team, as well as with actors and documentary participants.

We hope that this area’s presenters will explore how life behind the camera influences the final cinematic products our culture so avidly enjoys.  Here’s a list of suggested topics, but please feel free to experiment with the idea of production in your proposals:

The collaborative nature of filmmaking.

The difference between producing fiction films and documentaries.

The dearth of women, people of color and GBLT people in the key roles of film production such as directing, producing and cinematography, as well as ways in which we can help remedy the situation.

Digital video’s effect on democratizing film production.

YouTube’s and other online sites’ production values.


Experiences running, founding and/or teaching in film/video production programs at the college or high school level.

Pedagogical uses of film production.

Behind-the-camera experiences and how they have informed the presenters’ understanding of the nature of film and video.

Historical analyses of how technological changes have affected filmmaking (the arrival of sound and color, George Lucas and/or James Cameron’s influence on special effects, cinema verité’s reliance on handheld cameras, CGI).

3D technology.

Examinations of the future of film and video production.

More information about the conference can be found at Students are eligible for travel grants.  Visit for more information.

Please upload your 250-word abstract along with your name, affiliation, and e-mail address to  Feel free to email me at if you have any questions. Thank you very much,

Alexandra Hidalgo,

Film and Video Production Area Chair, MPCA/ACA