Sounds of Silence festival presents silent film masterpieces with cutting edge contemporary music, performed live. This year they celebrate our 3rd edition, coming to The Hague in February 24-26, 2017. The festival is sponsored by Gemeente Den Haag and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and hosted by theatre De Nieuwe Regentes, the Hague.
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On Sunday January 22nd from 2.30-4pm the Joods Cultureel Kwartier (JHM) organizes a film afternoon on ‘The Jewish Identity. The main film of the afternoon is the ‘mockumentary’ Zelig (1983) by Woody Allen. This fictional documentary highlights the life and period of Leonard Zelig (played by Woody Allen), the ‘human chameleon’, whose overwhelming desire to conform is reflected in the ability to take on to the face and physical characteristics of whom he happens to meet. Film Studies alumni Amir Vodka will give a talk at the event.
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On Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 4pm, EYE Filmmuseum presents the latest film by cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal. Reasonable Doubt (2016) is an experiment to audio-visualise ‘thought’. Mixing docu-drama with theoretical fiction, the project stages scenes from the lives of philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) and the Swedish Queen Kristina (1626-1689). The screening is introduced by Mieke Bal, and followed by a Q&A session led by Giovanna Fossati, chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam.
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We are proud to announce that we, the Film Studies Division of the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam, have become an official partner of DocuDoka, a bimonthly film and discusison night in Doka (Volkshotel Amsterdam) that explores the adverse effects of globalization. Every two months (usually the last Thursday of that month) an urgent issue in today’s global society will be discussed on the basis of a documentary and discussion with special guests and the audience.
The first DocuDoka of 2017 will focus on the help and harm of volunteer tourism. On Friday January 27th, the film and discussion will start with the world premiere of Making a Difference (2017), a documentary on voluntourism made by Dutch film trio Brechtje Boeke, Kuba Szutkowski and Reinier Vriend. After the screening they will open a discussion on the ethics of voluntourism together with Krista Arriëns from Rambam, the satirical journalistic Dutch television program that recently aired a critical episode on voluntourism.
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As a central part of International Film Festival Rotterdam, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Shown on a variety of formats from 3D to 35mm film, it is a celebration of all forms of film and video. The 2017 edition of IFFR Short Film presents 23 films in the Tiger Competition for Short Films, now in its 12th year. Three award winners will be selected by a jury of three, comprising Finnish artist Salla Tykkä, Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film) at Tate, and Patricia Pisters, Professor of Media Studies and Film team member at the University of Amsterdam.
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Digital media agency 87 Seconds is looking for an intern in Business Development to join their Dutch team based in Amsterdam in early 2017 (January-May). 87 Seconds has specialized in the creation of short and catchy explanation videos, which can be used for different communication purposes, such as increasing visibility or facilitating comprehension of internal communication tools.
Interested? Check here for the full vacancy or visit www.87seconds.com.
The intern will work to acquire new projects in varied sectors:
– Determination of relevant markets, database creation, direct marketing (calling, emailing, events) monitoring and weekly reporting (exploration stage)
– participation in meetings, understanding of customer needs and commercial proposal, graphic research with the creative team (consultancy stage with project leaders)
On Friday, December 2nd, DocuDoka will host the third edition of their bimonthly film and discussion series in creative night bar Doka, located in the basement of the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The central question of the night will be: why is child sex tourism so difficult to prevent? This question will be addressed by screening two new documentaries on child sex tourism, SOS: Sold Out Slaves (2016) and Fallen Angels (2016), and having a discussion afterwards with Celine Verheijen of Defence for Children, Anneke Koning of the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, and the audience. The moderator will be Inge Hermann, Associate Professor Ethics & Tourism at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Film team member Emiel Martens is one of the organizers of the event.
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On Saturday November 5, 2016, Marie-Aude Baronian, Director of the MA Film studies, will be a speaker at the symposium Meet in the Middle: Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film. In the context of a retrospective on the video installations of filmmaker Atom Egoyan (at the MacKenzie museum) and an Armenian film series (organized by the University of Regina, Canada) she will be talking about testimony and otherness in Egoyan’s work.
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This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Beeldenstorm, the wave of iconoclasm that swept over the Low Countries in 1566. This defining moment in Netherlandish history will be commemorated with a two-day symposium ICONOCLASM: BEELDENSTORM AND BEYOND, which will consider the Beeldenstorm in relation to iconoclasm as a global phenomenon. The symposium will be held on 9 and 10 December 2016, in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum and the aula of the University of Amsterdam. The program and registration are now online: rijksmuseum.nl/nl/iconoclasm.
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Former Film Studies student Jasper Stratil has published his video essay, Revisiting Bruxelles-Transit: Moving through Spaces of Resonance, in [in]Transition, the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies. In 2015 Statil spent a semester at our Department where he created the first version of this video essay. “35 years after (…) [Jewish director Samy Szinglerbaum made his film Bruxelles-Transit], I revisited ‘Bruxelles-Midi’ – to unravel different layers of history. The account of Szinglerbaums’s family history becomes intertwined with other histories: the history of the Diaspora, of the Shoah, of Brussels as a space of transit, and eventually of film history.
Revisiting Bruxelles-Transit in [in]Transition.
The book launch of Thomas Elsaesser’s new book, Film History as Media Archaeology: Tracking Digital Cinema, will take place on Friday October 14th, 2016 from 13.00 till 16.30 hrs in EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. You are able to reserve a seat by sending an RSVP-email to email@example.com before October 7th. The launch event is made possible with support of the Department of Media Studies.
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On Thursday, September 22th, the annual Louis Hartlooper Award for Best film Publication was awarded to Film Team menber, Patricia Pisters, for her book Filming for the Future – The Work of Louis van Gasteren, the first book on the work of one of most prolific Dutch filmmakers.
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On Friday September 23th, the fourth and last edition this summer of Pllek Going Places, co-organized by Film Team member Emiel Martens, will take place at Amsterdam city beach Pllek. Under the title Afrolijk, meaning ‘AfroJoy’, the night will provide a full South African program. It will start with the open air screening of the South African film Ayanda (2015), after which the DJs of Rituals, the new branche of Afrolosjes, will take over the night with an Afro dance party. A performance by South African dancer Elvis Sibeko, art by photographer Alice de Kruijs and food by Broodje Met will make this last edition of Going Places complete. Afrolijk also marks the official launch of Afrovibes, the annual festival of modern theatre, dance and music from Africa that will be held next month in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag and Rotterdam.
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Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis Gasteren by Film Team member Patricia Pisters is nominated for the Louis Hartlooper Prize for Best Film Publication 2016. The annual Louis Hartlooper Prize for Best Film Publication will be presented during the Dutch Film Festival on Thursday, September 22nd. For the 12th time, the award will be awarded to a person with one or more publications in the past year that has made a stimulating contribution to thinking about Dutch film culture.
Patricia Pisters’ Filming for the Future: The Work of Louis Gasteren (Amsterdam University Press, 2015) presents an analytical tribute to this versatile artist. The book includes three DVDs, which enables the reader to ‘visually check’ the theoretical explanation given in the book.
For more information about the prize and the nominees (in Dutch), please visit: www.louishartlooperprijs.nl.
This month Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania will be published by ABC-CLIO. The book, edited by Jeremy A. Murray and Kathleen M. Nadeau, offers a compresensive guide to the rich popular culture of the diverse countries of Asia and Oceania and provides high school students and general readers with an understanding of the globalization of pop culture. Film Team member, Emiel Martens, has contributed to the guide with a feature on Maori cinema.
The guide, which will be released on August 31th as both e-book and hard cover, can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. More information on the book can be found on the publisher’s website. The full feature by Martens can be found on his Facebook page on Maori cinema.
Students of the HKU completed a short animation about ‘places’ under the supervision of Film Team member Charles Forceville.
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The new issue of NECSUS on small data is out. The issue, featuring a contribution by Film Faculty member Wim Staat, can be fully accessed online at necsus-ejms.org. The article by Staat can be found here.
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In the new summer issue of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture, Film Team member Floris Paalman reports on a research seminar about ‘the cinematic city’ that he taught, and reflects on some of the lessons learned.
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The Vlaamse Dienst voor Filmcultuur is again organizing their Summer Film School in Antwerp. The program contains 7 days with over 15 lectures and 20 films, organized in two thematic series: the work of Chantal Akerman and the use of the ‘song’ throughout film history.
Participants pay €135 for the whole event or €75 for one of the two series. Students pay a discount price of €70 or €40. You can register until July 6 via firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: www.vdfc.be.
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