UNCW Film Studies Celebrates Department's Cinema Publications in Partnership with Intellect Books

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Film Studies department will commemorate its successful collaboration with Intellect Press with a presentation and reception at 5 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Clock Tower Lounge in UNCW's Fisher Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration will feature two significant new Intellect Press publications: The Directory of World Cinema: France, and the new issue of the internationally distributed cinema journal Film Matters. Speakers will include Film Studies faculty and students, as well as Masoud Yazdani, chairman of the Intellect Ltd.

Dr. Tim Palmer, a professor in the Film Studies department will deliver an illustrated presentation titled "What's So Great About French Cinema?" and sign copies of his new book, The Directory of World Cinema: France (Intellect Press, 2012).

In the book, Palmer and co-editor Charlie Michael have created a new revisionist encyclopedia of French film. Illustrated by screen shots, film reviews by leading international experts offer original approaches to both overlooked titles and acknowledged classics.

"The way I pitch contemporary French cinema is that whatever you like about film, it's going on in France today," Palmer explains. "The French were world leaders in thinking that cinema was an art form and was worthy of being taken seriously and there's been passionate debates about it ever since. We've been pitching our idea of this on-going encyclopedia of French film, and lots of people seem to like this model."

The directory includes contributions from Palmer and other Film Studies faculty, including Carlos Kase, Mariana Johnson, and Liza Palmer.

Liza Palmer and Film Studies chair Dave Monahan will also re-launch Film Matters, founded by Tim and Liza Palmer. Published quarterly, Film Matters is the only undergraduate, peer-reviewed film journal in the world. Film Studies students in Liza Palmer's "Producing The Undergraduate Film Magazine" course serve as the journal's editorial board.

"Film Matters offers students from around the world an unmatched opportunity to showcase their academic talent," says Monahan. Each issue provides an applied learning experience unique to UNCW."

Tim Palmer is also the author of Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema (Wesleyan University Press, 2011).

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