Call for Papers: Film and Video Production

2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 1 – 3, 2010
Minneapolis, MN

Deadline: April 30, 2010

The Film and Video Production area of the Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest
American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for our upcoming 2010 Conference.

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

We hope that this area’s presenters will explore how life behind the camera exercises its influence on 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, and ways in which we can help remedy the situation.
* Digital video’s effect on democratizing film production.
* YouTube’s production values.
* Fanvids.
* Pedagogical uses of film production.
* Behind-the-camera experiences and how they have affected 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’s influence on special effects, cinema verité’s reliance on handheld cameras, CGI).
* Examinations of the future of film and video (How will the current craze over Avatar and 3D affect filmmaking? Will Indie films be able to survive the current economic slump and thrive? How does Hurt Locker’s Oscar victory affect the future of small-budget films?)

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

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

Alexandra Hidalgo

Film and Video Production Area Chair, MPCA/ACA