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The 2014 SCMS Annual Conference is Here!

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By: Taylor LoNigro
March 19, 2014

Today marks the first day of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference held in Seattle from March 19 through March 23.  The five-day conference includes screenings, forums, panels, and LOTS of networking that movie and media buffs in academia get to experience.

Every year in the springtime the SCMS conference takes place in a different location in the U.S., making each gathering a unique experience. Cinema and media scholars and teachers alike from all over the nation are provided the opportunity to develop their talent and teachings, promote their work, and network. It really is an amazing opportunity to expand the knowledge, experiences, and perspectives of those in the academic world.

If you are attending the conference, look out for our cinema staff members Daniel Bernardi, Randy Rutsky, Aaron Kerner, Bill Nichols, Lindsey Payne and Michael A. Behrens who are lucky enough to be participating in the workshops and forums provided.

Not only will our staff members be reveling in conference activites, some are actually contributing to it. On Saturday, Bill Nichols will be hosting the Perversion, Transgression, and Cinema workshop; you can catch Aaron Kerner teaching the forum Japanese Cinema on Sunday; and Lindsey Payne will be on the Queer Girls on Film panel on Saturday.

A few other workshops that seem particularly interesting, at least to myself, include Film, Media, and the Right to the City; What’s Happening Now? –Black Film in Genre in the Age of Obama; and Studying Media Event Spaces. If you are at the conference this year, or would like to just get a feel of what it’s all about, check out the entire program online here.

There are always new people to meet and new techniques to be learned, and the SCMS conference is a great opportunity and outlet for just that. I am looking forward to hearing about our faculty and staff members’ experiences from the conference when they get back, and I’m sure you are too!

Veteran Documentary Corps Releases New Video

New video highlighting veteran Tiffany McKinely is now online at the Veteran Doc Corps site. McKinely is an Oceanside native and Navy veteran trained as an Information Technologist 2.

After leaving the Navy she used her experience to the tech field and transferred to UC Berkeley where she is a cognitive science major and an active member of the Cal Veterans group. After she graduates from Berkeley in May of this year, she plans on pursuing an MS in Human Factors and Ergonomics at San Jose State University in order to break into the field of Human Computer Interaction.

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Click here to read more about Tiffany McKinely

David Washburn, an award-winning documentary filmmaker directed her documentary.  For over a decade, he has worked on films and oral history projects that document America’s rich cultural history, paying special attention to underrepresented communities.
“My work with veterans on VDC films has been a process of discovery – on both sides.  The characters in my films constantly require me rethink my assumptions of “typical” military experiences.  Their emotions on camera range from appreciative to critical, honored to ashamed – a rich spectrum of sentiment that we are exposed to in narrative films, but rarely see in documentaries on veterans.  Likewise, I encourage my subjects to rethink their personal narratives and to find new descriptions that fall outside the “acceptable” image of a veteran.  This results in a process of exploration for both participants – filmmaker and veteran – that creates powerful results and true collaboration in storytelling.” – David Washburn

Veteran Documentary Corps was started by veteran and chair of the Cinema department at SF State, Professor Daniel Bernardi. VDC features stories created by veterans partnered with award winning filmmakers. Read more at their site, veterandocs.org

by Naimah Mumin