André Brock, one of the preeminent scholars of Black cyberculture, explains his approach to Black digital practice through the frame of "joy" or jouissance. Writing about Black cyberculture often revolves around oppression, resistance, labor, or consumption. Brock, however, argues that Black digital practice's deviation from technocultural practice and desire can be understood as a feature, not a bug. He proposes that Black Twitter, in particular, offers a space for Black joy to originate, participate, and conversate, leading to surplus libidinal, communal, and political energies powering movements such as Black Lives Matter.
Sponsored by The Institute for Humanities Research, the Nexus Lab, and Film and Media Studies in the Department of English.
Department of English faculty Devoney Looser and Kevin Sandler moderated a conversation with writer-director Whit Stillman after a screening of his 1990 film Metropolitan.
Audiences may be most familiar with Stillman's award-winning, Jane Austen-inspired 2016 film, Love and Friendship, which starred Kate Beckinsdale as the deliciously awful widow, Lady Susan. Stillman has had a long, fruitful relationship with reimagining Austen for contemporary audiences. He describes himself as a long-time Austenite ("among the most fervent") and had previously revisited Austen material in his Mansfield Park-influenced Metropolitan. Shot on location in Manhattan and Long Island, the film depicts the lives of young, well-educated upper-class New Yorkers (or, as one character calls them, the "urban haute bourgeoisie") home on winter break from their first year of college during debutante ball season. Stillman, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the film, is also the writer-director of three other films, including Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, and Damsels in Distress.
Part of the ASU Film and Media Studies Guest Speaker Series, Stillman's visit was sponsored by the Department of English and the Division of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.
Why go to the movies? With TV in a golden age, and our real-life political reality show so gripping as a binge-watch narrative, some say the movies have lost their place in the culture.
Not so fast, argues Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips as part of the ASU Film and Media Studies Guest Speaker Series. He'll talk with the ASU community about the death of traditional movie going, the pointlessness of film criticism in the 21st century and other slight exaggerations.
Michael Phillips is the film critic for the Chicago Tribune, and a guest host on Turner Classic Movies (he’s back on the beloved cable channel in April 2017). He has written about arts, culture and the movies for the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; the Dallas Times-Herald; and the Twin Cities weekly City Pages, where he began his career in 1983. Born in Kenosha, WI, Phillips has chaired the drama jury of the Pulitzer Prizes and served on Pulitzer juries across three decades. He has appeared on everything from "CBS Saturday Morning" to "Charlie Rose" to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" to "Entourage." He advises the Roger Ebert Fellowship at the University of Illinois, and he’s very happy to be visiting ASU for the first time.
The Film and Media Studies Program is part of ASU's Department of English, an academic unit of the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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ASU English Lecturer Michael Green (Film & Media Studies) presented his research based on his forthcoming edited volume, Race in American Film: The Complete Resource (Greenwood).
Race and racism have always been among the most popular and important of subjects in both Hollywood and independent American film. The earliest films, from the mid-1890s, were preoccupied with representing white America's obsession with Native Americans, African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Arabs and Jews (not yet considered "white"). In this era of overt racism, the subjects were almost always treated with the worst stereotypes. Contrasting these representations, early films also perpetuated an ideology of "whiteness," which upheld white Anglo-Saxons as "true" Americans, characterized by their virtue, strength, superior intelligence and civilized ideals. This presentation surveys Hollywood's historical representation of race and asks whether representation has evolved to become more progressive over the last 120 years.
Scottsdale native and ASU alumnus Adam Galen (BA Film & Media Studies 2014; BS Business 2014) visited for a conversation about his career in marketing and distributing indie films.
In his current position with Preferred Content—one of the leading film, television, and digital sales, packaging, and project finance companies—Galen works to assemble creative and financial elements for PC’s digital content as well as handling the worldwide and North American distribution rights for its slate of fiction and non-fiction sales titles. Select PC credits include Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ll See You in my Dreams, Frank and Lola, Ghost Team, The Nightmare, Blood Brother, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, Rich Hill, Another Earth, The Pact, Excision, I Am Big Bird, Rolling Papers, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, Ratter, and Ride. Galen began his career as the assistant to PC founder and CEO, Kevin Iwashina.
Sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of English in celebration of ASU Homecoming.