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Video Recording of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image Event “Repetition and Variation: Video Essays as Comparative Film and Television Studies Methodologies”

We are very happy to publish recordings of the five sessions that comprised the BIMI/Corkscrew: Birkbeck Practice-Research Doctoral Training Group event Repetition and Variation: Video Essays as Comparative Film and Television Studies Methodologies that took place on October 12, 2019. Part One features Catherine Grant (Birkbeck) delivering an introduction to the event Part Two features a presentation by Patrick Keating (Trinity University) on his comparative video essay work (including Dietrich Lighting [] and The Strange Streets of a Strange City: The Ambersons Montage []) Part Three features two presentations on their comparative  work by Catherine Grant (Birkbeck) and Chiara Grizzaffi (IULM). The videos Catherine discusses are online: The Marriages of…

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21st Century Zilnik

Yugoslav-Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik is one of the genuine legends of European cinema. Since his auspicious debut in 1969 with the film Early Works, which was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, the enfant terrible of Yugoslav New film has created an impressive body of work, remaining committed to his project of platforming the marginalised and interrogating the blind spots of socialist, post-socialist, and neoliberal Europe. With kind support from CHASE, this contemporary survey – the first even dedicated to Žilnik in the UK – focused on the urgency and vitality of his 21st century work, and celebrated his indispensable contributions…

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In Memory of Thomas Elsaesser, film scholar and filmmaker extraordinaire

Everyone at Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image was very shocked and saddened to hear the news that Professor Thomas Elsaesser had unexpectedly passed away on December 4 while visiting China as part of his guest professorship in Beijing. Most of us involved in BIMI and the Essay Film Festival team had known Thomas for many years. He had also visited us at Birkbeck several times in recent years, to take part in academic events here, but also as a filmmaker accompanying his marvellous essay work The Sun Island when we screened it in the 2018 Essay Film Festival. In tribute to Thomas's life and…

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Nina Danino: I Die Of Sadness Crying For You – Screening and study day

Screening Fri 6 Dec, 6pm - 9pm: FREE BOOK HERE Screening Sat 7 Dec, 10am - 3.30pm: FREE BOOK HERE Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PDBooking free via EventbriteBook online “Prepare for some heart-wrenchingly beautiful melodies from the greatest Spanish divas spilling their sorrow in the form of singing known as Copla” – Helen de Witt, 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Following its recent premiere at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival and the Seville European Film Festival, LUX, BIMI and the London Instituto Cervantes are delighted to present a screening of Nina Danino’s film I Die Of Sadness Crying For You (2019) on Friday 6…

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Remembering Channel 4’s Out on Tuesday

Remembering Channel 4's Out on Tuesday: Queer Spaces in Public Service Television  [Critical Studies in Television, 14.4, 2019: Stuart Marshall Dossier link] Book your free tickets: Friday 22nd November: 14.00-17.00 Screening of some programmes and films made for the series. Birkbeck Cinema Book hereFriday 22nd November: 18.00-21.00 Discussion and screening event featuring the programme's commissioner and some of its series producers and filmmakers, alongside other contributors involved in making the programmes for the series. Birkbeck Cinema Book hereSaturday 23rd November: 10.00-16.30 Discussion and screening event featuring the programme's commissioner and some of its series producers and filmmakers, alongside other contributors involved in making the programmes for the series. Birkbeck Cinema…

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Making Films in Times of Political and Financial Crises

When: 8 November 2019, 12:00 — 17:00Venue: Goldsmiths University, LGB Council Room, 1st Floor, Laurie Grove FREE, Book your place here Workshop: Making Films in Times of Political and Financial Crises, moderated by Želimir Žilnik Making films under financial and political constraints remains an urgent topic in the current social climate. There is perhaps no better European filmmaker to explicate working in this climate than Yugoslav-Serbian director Želimir Žilnik. Žilnik has been active making films since the 1960s, always working with a strong political consciousness and a confrontational attitude to the status quo. From his debut feature film receiving the Golden Bear at the Berlin…

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Personal Problems, dir. by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980)

By Russell Banfield Bill Gunn had little time for Hollywood. After achieving some success with the screenplay to The Landlord, dir. by Hal Ashby (USA, 1970), Gunn’s directorial debut, Stop (1970), so incensed Warner Brothers who claimed Gunn deviated far from his own script that the film was never released. His next film, Ganja and Hess (1973), fared slightly better, in that it was released, but was panned by critics to the extent that the film was taken away from Gunn and recut, retitled, and reissued. Gunn was so angry that he allegedly stormed into the producer’s office and trashed the place. From then on, Gunn was labeled…

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From Self-Portrait to Selfie: Event Notes and Resources

On Friday 5th July the Birkbeck cinema will host the Self-Representation in Visual Culture research group for the launch of their latest publication, the edited collection From Self-Portrait to Selfie: Representing the Self in the Moving Image, published by Peter Lang. You can register your attendance for free here. Established in 2013, the Self-Representation in Visual Culture research group is an interdisciplinary, international group focused on self-representation in visual arts, film, and new media, consisting of academics and researchers Muriel Tinel-Temple, Laura Busetta and Marlène Monteiro. This blog post serves as a resource prior to the screening of related materials, writings and media produced by…

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BIMI-PITT Research Workshop: “Displacement in Film and Visual Culture”

By Russell Banfield Friday 17thMay, Panel #5: Displacing Communities Over the course of three days, the third edition of the BIMI-PITT Research Workshop, a joint venture between the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the University of Pittsburgh to share and develop research, covered a wide range of subjects, all based around the notion of displacement. For the fifth panel, Displacing Communities, John Taylor and William Ackah took the theme of displacement at its most literal, focusing on the countless people, homes, and communities that have been removed, destroyed, or divided by US government social policy in the 1950s and 1960s, namely the construction…

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Doozy, dir. by Richard Squires (UK, 2018)

By Russell Banfield Where does the character end and the actor begin? That’s the question behind Doozy, an essay film by Richard Squires that weaves academic commentary, animated dramatizations, and childhood recollections to explore the life and career of Paul Lynde, a closeted gay actor who voiced some of Hanna-Barbera’s best-loved villains, but who struggled with alcoholism, typecasting, and the constant tension between his public life as a popular comedian and his private life as a closeted homosexual. Each of the characters he voiced regularly dressed up in drag, were always humiliated at the end, and all had a snarky, camp voice, sniggering laughter, and fey…

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