116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Film Studies I

Session Chair: 
Erin Gilbert, University of Washington
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 235
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  1. Mary H. Snyder, Diablo Valley College
    This paper will explore the themes and meanings conveyed in three films by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal extending beyond the actual events from which the films were created to show that deeper “truths” can be ascertained from fictional, artistic representations of actual happenings than fastidiously “true” retellings.
  2. Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
    This paper looks at some of the many filmed political fantasies that depict the President of the United States in danger. It will examine films as far back as the Great Depression and as recent as the latest Hollywood disaster cliffhanger to be set in the White House.
  3. Scout Harris, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Costuming is a crucial yet oft unnoticed part of filmmaking. The clothing characters wear defines them and gives important signifiers as to what sort of person they are. This is most apparent in historical films, in which clothing must be researched and reproduced for specific purposes. Barry Lyndon’s costumes relate directly to how he “plays” different roles in his life. Barry is both a character in the film and in his life, always aspiring to play a role which he believes is his birthright. 
  4. Matthew Teorey, Peninsula College
    During the 1920s, women were finding their voice and challenging patriarchal traditions.  Hollywood actresses Mae West and Josephine Lovett not only performed in front of the camera, but they also wrote stage and screen plays that reimagined what was acceptable in terms of female sexuality. 
Session Cancelled: